Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports the San Diego Chargers are interested in meeting with former Browns OT Orlando Brown. He's trying to decide whether or not to resume his career that was cut short due to an eye injury back in 1999. The Chargers only have a mild interest in Brown as they may not want to disrupt the solid chemistry the team's offensive line has displayed. Other teams looking at him include the Patriots, Redskins and Ravens.
Rookie tight end Josh Norman will not play this week with a strained right calf. He was carted off the field on Sunday during the 3rd quarter and did not return. Stephen Alexander missed the game this past weekend with an injured foot. His status remains uncertain for this week's game against Oakland. Coach Schottenheimer said there's a chance the team might bring in another tight end as the Chargers are down to one healthy tight end, Justin Peele a rookie, and an offensive tackle, Ed Ellis, who could play in the position as an emergency option. Last week they decided against going after a tight end and Jermaine Wiggins was available. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers on October 9th. Clearly he was the best tight end available at the time, but the Chargers felt confident going into the KC game with their two rookies.
Now they will be searching the scrap heap to find a replacement. One option could be Alvin Morrow who was signed and the waived by the Cleveland Browns. He was a highly touted player coming out of high school but opted to play baseball instead as he was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers. Morrow, in fact, was recruited by Butch Davis when he coached at Miami and signed a letter of intent with Florida State.
Junior Seau is still hurting. Seau left the Chiefs game early in the 3rd quarter and did not return. Schottenheimer said Seau has developed a mid-foot sprain because of overcompensation in his stride from playing on a sprained left ankle. "We're going to take it day-by-day," Seau said. "We'll assess it tomorrow and take it day-by-day." His status for next week remains uncertain, but look for him to suit up with the bye week following this Sunday's game against Oakland. Right now he is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Defensive end Marcellus Wiley (strained ab/bilateral groin strain) said he hasn't made as much progress as he would like, but he hopes to play against the Raiders after missing the Chiefs game. Odds are he will not play. With the potential to seriously harm himself looming, the Chargers staff will sit him. This will give Wiley plenty of time to come back at full strength for the stretch run towards a playoff spot.
FS Rogers Beckett (chest) and WR Tamarick Vanover (bruised thigh) are the other injured Chargers. They will be reevaluated later in the week.
Chargers Coach Marty Schottenheimer is concerned enough about the health of his team as he added "Suffice it to say, we're pretty well beat up. Right now we're like a M*A*S*H unit."
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