Finale at Chargers Camp

<b>Tomlinson: Heel is Healing... </b> <br><br> Despite leaving the practice field on a cart yesterday, LaDainian Tomlinson said his bruised heel is feeling "good", and "it's not an issue." while signing autographs after today's practice for fans playing hooky from work at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Dahrran Diedrick filled in at RB with the first team during this morning's final practice of the 2003 training camp.

No sooner had the team wrapped up its final drills when a crew began dismantling pads, banners, and the rest of the truckloads of equipment that must return to the team's Murphy Canyon practice facility.

However, someone managed to leave a Gatorade bucket and some athletic tape unguarded, and some veteran players who shall remain nameless immediately seized the opportunity to tape rookie RB DeMarco McCleskey to a goalpost with the bucket over his head.

Usually this kind of attention from the vets can be a good thing, as players don't tend to really bond with guy unless they figure he has a pretty good shot at sticking around when the roster is finalized.

McCleskey however, has not seen a whole lot of preseason action so far, so his mummification could be a bit premature.

Drew Brees looked sharp today, despite a collision in the backfield with Diedrick that left Brees limping around in the huddle for a few snaps.

Backup QB Doug Flutie was so anxious to get on the field that Drew had to wave him off the field before running the next play. Brees shook off the limp by the end of the session.

DT Jamal Williams again sat out with back spasms. Jacques Cesaire, an undrafted free agent from Southern Connecticut State took William's spot with the first team opposite Jason Fisk.

It appears that Zeke Moreno has solidified his hold on the MLB spot as he continued to line up between starters Ben Leber and Donnie Edwards. Carlos Polk went to battle with a 2nd unit consisting of himself, Stephen Cooper on the strong side, and LeMarcus McDonald at WLB.

The starting DBs were CB Quentin Jammer, CB Tay Cody, FS Lassiter and SS Vernon Fox. Rookie CBs Sammy Davis and Drayton Florence were once again paired up with the 2nd team alongside SS Hanik Milligan, and FS Jerry Wilson.

WR Tim Dwight lined up opposite David Boston with the first unit, while Reche Caldwell and Eric Parker rotated in together with the same offense.

Kassim Osgood and Grant Mattos got in some reps as well.

Mattos, who caught the team's only two TD receptions this preseason, is rumored to have the best hands among the group of wideouts trying to nail down the last WR spot. If the final choice comes down to a big target or a "hands" guy, give me the guy who can catch.

TE Josh Norman had a nice TD catch early in practice with the first unit while filling in for Stephen Alexander. Justin Peele and Antonio Gates worked with the 2nd team. Gates continues to get special attention and instruction from the coaching staff.

WR Eric Parker seems to be the early favorite over Brian Sump for the punt returner spot while CB Drayton Florence has all but locked up returning kickoffs. RB Jesse Chatman will likely assume the up-man duties on KO returns.

After practice, Marcellus Wiley posed for pictures with fans and laughed about his decision not to run for Governor of California after all; "They all should be happy I'm not in it."

So let that be a warning to the rest of the AFC West, Wiley will not be distracted by some foolish political campaign this season. His focus is back on football, beware!

-Gary Molyneaux

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