Lightning Quicks: Bye week notes

The San Diego Chargers have the next few days off, though several players will be in and out of the Murphy Canyon facility this weekend. They will begin preparing for Oakland on Monday.

--The Chargers' home game Dec. 5 against the Denver Broncos sold out Thursday and will be televised on Channel 8.

--LB Donnie Edwards was raised a Chargers fan, so he is well aware of their recent pratfalls. "A lot of guys don't know about the history," he said. "I'm a Chargers fan for life so I know what has happened, but we aren't looking there."
--The Chargers run defense has dropped to No. 2. Last year, it finished tied for No. 25, its worst showing since the AFL-NFL merger. The unit is still the only one not to give up a 20-yard run this year.
--No. 1 is what the Chargers are in touchdowns with 32.
--After years with the Bengals and Texans, LB Steve Foley has seldom been on the winning side. "This is my first time being 6-3 at this point in my career," he said. "I'm just living it and loving it." Foley has probably been the Chargers best offseason pickup. His six sacks are tied for fifth in the league.
--Rookie K Nate Kaeding is tied for No. 3 in the NFL among kickers with 68 points.
--RB Jesse Chatman doesn't get too many carries, but he makes the most of his opportunities. He's averaging 7.2 yards per carry, which is second among the top 50 rushers.
--KR Tim Dwight is getting his burst back after being slowed with a toe injury. He's averaging 26 yards per return, fifth-best in the NFL.
--Brees is particularly good in the fourth quarter. His 120.5 rating is second in the league. --The Chargers' eight turnovers are the third-fewest in the NFL.
Number of Chargers points in the last two weeks – 85.
"In our business, you better not stay away too long, because if you do you're going to end up climbing uphill again." -- Coach Marty Schottenheimer, in warning his players not to get too comfortable during the bye week.
-- Rookie RT Shane Olivea continues to receive high grades for his work.
-- PR Eric Parker is showing his old burst on returns. He was bothered by a neck injury earlier in the year.
-- QB Philip Rivers might have gotten his only work of the year Sunday. Unless Drew Brees gets hurt, Rivers likely won't play.
-- Rookie LB Shaun Phillips is up to three sacks. He also has numerous quarterback pressures.
-- FS Jerry Wilson got his second pick last week, but his contributions show up elsewhere, too. He's the only starting veteran in a young secondary.
-- WR Bobby Shaw came aboard the same week as Keenan McCardell, but he hasn't seen the field yet.
--Backup TE Justin Peelle could miss two weeks because of arthroscopic surgery on his ankle.
--RB LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) will sit, sit and sit this bye week. Don't look for him to do much of anything until next Wednesday at the earliest.
--LB Zeke Moreno could be facing shoulder surgery after getting hurt Sunday. His playing time would be picked up by Stephen Cooper.
--CB Drayton Florence (ankle) should be back this week after missing some three weeks. No guarantee his starting job will be waiting; Sammy Davis may have won it back.
--RB Jesse Chatman (toe) needs this week off nearly as much as Tomlinson. He's a key backup, especially with Tomlinson's health.
--WR Tim Dwight (toe) might get back to nearly 100 percent because of the bye. He was getting close, anyway.

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