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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Chargers to host emotional Bengals

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Chargers have become part of the biggest story in the NFL right now.

The Chargers will host the heartbroken Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Bengals are mourning the loss of receiver Chris Henry. He died Thursday at the age of 26 after suffering major head injuries in an auto accident in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

Sunday’s game has been anticipated because of its major playoff ramifications. The winner will have the inside track on the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Now, it will be watched to see how the Bengals rebound emotionally. Henry will obviously be on the team’s mind during the game. The team has announced that coaches will wear pins to remember Henry and players will wear helmet stickers in Henry’s memory.

This is the second time this season the Bengals have had to play days after enduring a tragedy. Earlier this season, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer died suddenly. The Bengals went out and won an emotionally-charged game at Baltimore three days later.

Now, the Bengals have to try to do it again in San Diego.