AFC West: L.J.Shelton

Chargers' cut list

September, 5, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers just announced their final cuts.

I will follow up with an analysis post soon. But here’s the list:

The San Diego Chargers released 21 players today and placed DE Ryon Bingham on Reserve-Injured (arm) to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-player roster limit. The following players were released:

LB Eric Bakhtiari

WR Gary Banks

LB Darry Beckwith

CB Simeon Castille

T Corey Clark

DE Andre Coleman

TE Charles Davis

G Ray Feinga

G Kynan Forney

DE Keith Grennan

LB James Holt

DT Rashaad Jackson

FB Billy Latsko

WR Charly Martin

C Ryan McDonald

RB Kestahn Moore

DT Ian Scott

T L.J. Shelton

CB Antonio Smith

P Truman Spencer

TE Kory Sperry

Tomlinson misses practice again

September, 18, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

LaDainian Tomlinson did not practice for the second consecutive day Thursday due to a turf toe.,

Tomlinson injured the toe against Carolina on opening day. He was hampered by the injury against Denver as he had just 26 yards on 10 carries. Last week, Tomlinson didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday but worked Friday.

Tomlinson is expected to play the visiting New York Jets on "Monday Night Football" but he is likely to be hampered by the injury for the next several weeks.

Meanwhile, it looks like Tomlinson will have one of his better blockers available for the first time this season as left tackle Marcus McNeill practiced fully after being limited Wednesday. McNeill was replaced in the first two weeks by L.J. Shelton. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams also worked out on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- The injury-barraged San Diego Chargers may have gotten a break.

Both running back LaDainian Tomlinson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are active for today's game between the Chargers and the Broncos. Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report heading into the game.

Both players did practice fully Friday, though. Tomlinson has a turf toe problem and Cromartie had a hip issue. Both players were hurt in last week's loss to Carolina.

If Tomlinson is affected by the injury, Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester will run the ball for the Chargers in what is a crucial game against the 1-0 Broncos. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't go.

The Chargers continue to play without standout offensive linemen Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck). Both players missed last week as well. Jeremy Newberry starts for Hardwick at center and L.J. Shelton plays for McNeill at left tackle.

San Diego's other inactive players are cornerback DeJuan Tribble, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Kynan Forney, tight end Kris Wilson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and Charlie Whitehurst is the emergency quarterback.

For Denver, its inactive players are safety Hamza Abdullah, running back Ryan Torain. linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, receiver Darrell Jackson, defensive tackle Nic Clemons and defensive end Jarvis Moss.

This is the second straight healthy scratch for Moss, Denver's first-round pick last year. The Broncos have plans for Moss but Denver doesn't think Oakland and San Diego were good match-ups for the slender pass rusher. However, if you are a first-round pick, match-ups shouldn't play a part on whether you are active or not.

Jackson was added to the injury report Saturday with a calf injury.

Chargers will limp into Denver

September, 12, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chargers released their final injury update of the week and they will be without two important offensive linemen. San Diego has several injury issues in what is now a critical game Sunday in Denver on Sunday.

Center Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck) are out for the second straight week. Jeremy Newberry will play at center and L.J. Shelton will work at left tackle against Denver's young defensive front.

Also looming is the injury status of star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. He is listed as questionable with a turf toe. However, Tomlinson did practice fully Friday after sitting out the first two days of practice. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was limited Friday after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as questionable as well. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't play. Cromartie suffered a hip injury in Sunday's loss to Carolina.

Tomlinson said this week he will play. San Diego would use Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester if Tomlinson can't play. Denver's run defense, ranked 30th in the NFL last season, played well against Oakland. Tomlinson would be a major test for Denver.

Meanwhile, Denver's strongside linebacker Boss Bailey, who has an ankle injury, is expected to play sparingly. His replacement, Jamie Winborn, should also play some. At center, Casey Wiegmann continues to spell Tom Nalen who is coming back from tow knee surgeries. Nalen may be a couple of weeks from playing.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chargers injury situation for Sunday's game didn't improve Thursday.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip), left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck) and running back LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) all did not practice for the second straight day.

While it is still three days until San Diego plays at Denver on Sunday, it is not a good sign that the three standouts did not practice. Usually in the NFL, when players miss an entire week of practice they do not play on the weekend. Tomlinson, however, said Wednesday he would definitely play against the Broncos.

Left tackle Marcus McNeill didn't play against Carolina on Sunday and he was replaced by L.J. Shelton, who will likely sub for McNeill again if the starter can't go against Denver.

Cromartie finished the game against Carolina, but he has not healed very well this week. That could open the door for first-round pick Antoine Cason to start a cornerback in place of the Pro Bowler.

If Cason plays, he'd likely face Denver rookie Eddie Royal, who burnt Oakland cornerback DeAngelo Hall routinely Monday night. If that is the case, Quentin Jammer will likely be on Denver star Brandon Marshall, who will be making his 2008 debut after serving a one-game NFL suspension last week.

Meanwhile, for San Diego, tight end Antonio Gates practiced on a limited basis again Thursday. He is dealing with a hip problem and a nagging left toe injury. Also, center Nick Hardwick practiced on a limited basis for the second day in a row. He's not expected to play for another couple of weeks (foot injury).

Denver did not report any injury status changes today.

Around the AFC West

September, 6, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Headlines from around the AFC West:

Defensive end Jarvis Moss, Denver's 2007 first-round pick, is anxious to show he is not a bust. After getting hurt last season, Moss has yet to impress.

Wide receiver Eddie Royal, a surprise starter as a rookie, is ready to roll Monday night as Denver plays a game without Brandon Marshall.

Kansas City
Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said the key for his team is to stop the run.

The Darren McFadden Show debuts Monday night. Meanwhile, Justin Fargas doesn't mind the company in Oakland's backfield.

San Diego
With center Nick Hardwick out, the Chargers are lucky to have Jeremy Newberry while L.J. Shelton steps in for left tackle Marcus McNeill.

Evening AFC West injury update

September, 5, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

AFC West injury updates:

In Denver, strongside linebacker Boss Bailey will be a game-time decision Monday night. He has been bothered by a high ankle sprain he suffered in the first preseason game. If he can't play, Jamie Winborn will start.

In Kansas City, rookie receiver Will Franklin is not practicing and likely won't play at New England.

In Oakland, receiver Javon Walker (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.

In San Diego, as expected, center Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill will not play Sunday against visiting Carolina. Jeremy Newberry will start at center and L.J. Shelton will play at left tackle.