Despite the weight loss, the linebackers were in typical form, hyping the crowd and one another. No group is more ready to hit someone in a different colored jersey.
It appears the Chargers are also susceptible to the common cold , as Antwan Applewhite sneezed repeatedly during warm-ups, receiving a polite "bless you" from talkative teammate Carlos Polk, who was back in the training camp grind after sitting out Wednesday's practice.
Darren Sproles took the majority of the team's punt returns. The explosive third-year player is battling Craig Davis for the right to be the starting punt returner. Davis was held out of Friday's practice.
Whitehurst's first play was a handoff to Tyronne Gross, a second-year player from Eastern Oregon. Next, Whitehurst hit Rich Musinski for a big gainer down to the 10-yard line. He then finished the drive with a touchdown toss to Kelly Griffeth.
On the next drive, Mike Warren gained big yardage up the middle on a defensive miscue. The drill's first incomplete was a pass intended for the rookie tight end Scott Chandler, which was broken up by Anthony Waters.
Both the reserves and the starters were given 15 final plays at the end of practice. Rookie safety Tra Battle picked up an interception on an errant pass by Whitehurst, ending the afternoon for the back-ups.
In the first-team offense's period, Rivers threw old dog Lorenzo Neal a bone, and the 15-year veteran pummeled through the line of scrimmage. Rivers then used Osgood, Brandon Manumaleuna, Floyd, and Michael Turner to direct his team downfield on a scoring drive.
Lightning Quick: Michael Kranzler is providing exclusive coverage from Chargers Park at sdboltreport.blogspot.com.