SDBR's Training Camp Report: 8/12

With the 53-man roster deadline fast approaching, positional battles are heating up. A slew of training camp injuries has greatly contributed to lineup uncertainty, especially at the wide receiver position. See what kind of depth chart shakeups you should keep an eye on in today's training camp report.

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Wide Open

The biggest update out of Chargers Park on Monday came halfway through practice when veteran receiver Malcom Floyd sustained what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee.

The injury occurred during a one-on-one drill as Floyd and CB Shareece Wright squared off. The air was tense as Floyd went down hard and showed no signs of movement thereafter. Surrounded by concerned teammates, he remained on the field for approximately 10 minutes before being carted off.

With Danario Alexander already out for the year with a torn ACL, the wide receiver race continues to move in a surprising direction. At this rate, it seems likely that Keenan Allen will see even more action during his rookie season than anticipated. Receivers Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown have proved serious contenders, too, taking significant snaps with the starters.

Brown, who had previously missed six practices due to a hamstring injury, was in full force today. He started out slow, dropping a short pass from Brad Sorensen, but quickly turned things around. During a full-squad drill, he overcame tight coverage for a nice completion -- he also managed to hang on to the ball despite being forcefully spun to the ground by Derek Cox.

Seven-on-Seven Skellys

The first team period started strong with a strike over the middle from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates. Rivers found Royal and Brown, as well, but had a harder time getting to Allen. Darrell Stuckey and rookie Steve Williams provided tight coverage, working together at times to double-team Allen.

Sorensen and Richard Goodman seemed to have trouble reading each other during team drills. After Sorensen overthrew Goodman in the end zone, Goodman dropped a well-timed pass. Goodman looks much better as a kick returner than as a receiver.

11-on-11 Team Period

Rivers led the first-string by connecting on 5-of-6 passes. Other than one would-be sack he managed to escape defensive pressure, including a blitz from Eric Weddle.

Charlie Whitehurst played much like he did against the Seattle Seahawks. In other words, not well. He began with a completion to Ladarius Green and then unraveled. On his second play, Stuckey intercepted a tipped ball. Whitehurst failed to connect with Dan DePalma on his third play and was sacked on his fourth.

Injury Updates

Floyd is scheduled for an MRI later this week that will determine what kind of damage was done at today's practice.

Manti Te'o was not the only Charger in a walking boot. Fullback Chris Gronkowski was sidelined with a boot on his left leg.



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Nicolette Harris, a native San Diegan, is a senior at New York University as part of the school's Media, Culture and Communications program.


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