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McCoy ends minicamp a day early

6/18/2014

SAN DIEGO -- Saying he had seen enough, San Diego coach Mike McCoy let players take off for summer vacations a day early, ending the team's scheduled three-day, mandatory minicamp Wednesday after players finished a set of gassers.

"I think the players have done an outstanding job this offseason and worked extremely hard,” McCoy said. "They've done everything we've asked of them, so as a little bit of an appreciation of what they did [we let them go early].

"I think we're at a good point right now. We've got a long ways still to go, but that was the best thing for the team moving forward.”

McCoy said only a couple of people knew that he going to cut minicamp short -- and none of the coaches knew his plan. McCoy said he made the decision not to practice on the final day of minicamp about halfway through Wednesday's session.

Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson was pleased to get a reprieve.

"Any time you can cut out early, that's good,” Johnson said. "But we've been at it for nine weeks now, so we've had a lot of work. So it's kind of a nice little treat, especially for the older guys.”

Nick Hardwick, who suffered a foot injury Tuesday, watched practice from the sidelines. Hardwick did not wear a boot on his injured right foot, and the expectation is he will be healthy for training camp.

Right guard Jeromey Clary was seen after practice walking with crutches. Clary had offseason shoulder and hip surgery, and his availability for the start of training camp at the end of July remains a question mark.

"Every player that is injured right now is working hard,” McCoy said, when asked for an update on Clary's status. "And they will be out there as soon as they can.”

San Diego State coaches attend practice: Rocky Long, head football coach for San Diego State, attended the Chargers' practice Wednesday, along with other members of his coaching staff. Long is good friends with defensive coordinator John Pagano. Long coached Pagano's older brother, John, while he served as defensive coordinator at Wyoming.

Long said the minicamp is a good opportunity for his staff to come to practice and learn a few things that they could use at their program.

"We look at their schemes and everything,” Long said. "In fact, John Pagano and I were talking about how they cover the bunch formations, because we do some similar things, but we do them differently. So you can always learn something out here X's and Os-wise.”

Look out for Williams: Asked about the quality depth of players at outside linebacker, Johnson provided a player few have talked about so far this offseason, second-year pro Tourek Williams. With all of the injuries San Diego suffered last season, the sixth-round selection in the 2013 draft out of Florida International got a chance to play significant minutes as a rookie.

Williams played in 204 snaps last season, finishing with 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. His signature play was a strip sack of Peyton Manning recovered by middle linebacker Donald Butler in a home game at Qualcomm Stadium against Denver.

"Tourek is the one that's been pretty interesting to me how much he's gained over the offseason -- just how much more mature he is,” Johnson said. "He's the one that I think is going to have a huge year.”

Roll call: Safety Jahleel Addae did not practice for a second straight day due to an unspecified injury. Middle linebacker Jonas Mouton (knee) also did not practice. Tackle Michael Harris (ankle), cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder), outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (quad) and tight end John Phillips participated in individual drills, but were spectators during the team portions of practice.