SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
The Chargers were in jerseys and helmets on Saturday, two days after playing the team’s first preseason game at home against Dallas. San Diego head coach Mike McCoy said it was important to get the players moving again, as the team prepares for its first road contest of the exhibition season at Seattle next week.McCoy said the players also had a correction period, going over some of the mistakes made in Thursday’s game.
“The most important thing is to just get them back into the flow of things,” McCoy said. “It’s after a game, and guys are sore. There’s bumps and bruises from playing a physical game. A lot of guys played a lot of snaps, so just really help them get their legs underneath them, and make sure we improve on the little things.”
The Chargers waived inside linebacker Alvin Scioneaux, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Thursday’s game. He’ll revert to the team’s injured reserve list once he clears waivers. Replacing Scioneaux on the 90-man roster is linebacker Victor Aiyewa. At 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds, the University of Washington product appeared in five games for the Green Bay Packers last season, recording four tackles. The Packers released him in May. Aiyewa also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past. Aiyewa will wear No. 57 for the Chargers. McCoy said the team worked out Aiyewa a few weeks ago. “He’ll be inside, but he’ll be trained like everybody else for position flexibility,” McCoy said. “But initially he’ll start inside.”
On the injury front, defensive lineman Corey Liuget, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, offensive lineman Chris Watt and cornerbacks Marcus Cromartie and Brandon Flowers returned to practice on Saturday. Watt, Cromartie and Flowers were limited and did not participate in the team portion of practice. Lawrence Guy had a sling on his injured right shoulder, so he could be out for an extended period of time. Tenny Palepoi took Guy’s place at defensive end with the second-unit defense. Others who did not practice include receiver Vincent Brown, center Rich Ohrnberger and offensive lineman Jeromey Clary, who remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The Chargers ran a couple Wildcat plays with running back Ryan Mathews directing things from the quarterback position during team drills. Both plays gained positive yards, but I’d be surprised if the Chargers ran any plays without Philip Rivers at quarterback during the regular season.
Up next: The Chargers practice at 5:50 p.m. ET on Monday at Chargers Park. Monday’s practice is open to the public.