Chargers say goodbye to draft pick

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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The San Diego Chargers had high hopes for Jordan Todman when he was drafted earlier this year.

The Chargers hoped the small, speedy Todman -- who was taken in the sixth round out of Connecticut -- could someday take on a Darren Sproles-type role as a change-of-pace back and as a returner. However, the Chargers will have to make different plans.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports Todman has been signed off the Chargers’ practice squad by Minnesota. In the end, I don’t see it as a crushing blow. If the Chargers were as high on Todman as they thought they would be, he’d be on the 53-man roster and protected. He was waived early in the season and has spent the majority of the year on the practice squad.

In other AFC West news:

The is what Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said about the Chiefs' game at Denver on Sunday: "Some people may say they have more to play for than we have to play for. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case.''

It’s another indication that the Chiefs are going to play hard Sunday. Crennel is trying to make his case to be the permanent coach in Kansas City. Denver is trying to go to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Sorry, coach, but on the NFL Richter scale, it’s a bigger game for Denver.

Kansas City running back Jackie Battle did not practice Wednesday because of a foot injury. Crennel said Battle will be doubtful to play Sunday.

San Diego standout receiver Vincent Jackson is not practicing Wednesday because of a groin injury. He didn’t practice all last week, but he did play some. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers have Jackson push it with San Diego being eliminated from the playoffs. Running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Mike Tolbert (hamstring) also didn't practice Wednesday.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson stuck up for San Diego coach Norv Turner. Turner is very likely about to coach his final game as the Chargers’ coach Sunday at Oakland.

The Colts claimed returner Quan Cosby off waivers from Denver. He had an inexcusable fumble on a punt late in the first half against New England in Week 15.

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