SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
For a second straight week, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy held out several veterans in order to rest them before Friday’s game at Seattle. Quarterback Philip Rivers, safety Eric Weddle, center Nick Hardwick, running back Danny Woodhead, linebacker Donald Butler, receiver Keenan Allen, edge rusher Dwight Freeney, cornerback Richard Marshall and left tackle King Dunlap were among the veteran players who did not practice for San Diego on Wednesday. “We rested a bunch of guys today just like we have done it all camp long,” McCoy said. “We pick and choose the guys at the right time to rest them, and to kind of reward them for the good work. Those guys deserve the breaks.”
Defensive lineman Corey Liuget did not practice for a second straight day due to an ankle injury. However, Liuget did not wear a walking boot on his right foot, and moved okay working with a trainer on agility drills during practice. Fellow defensive linemen Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and Damik Scafe (unknown) also did not practice. Receiver Vincent Brown (calf) remains out, and offensive lineman Jeromey Clary still is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The defense made a couple impressive plays during team drills. Cornerback Shareece Wright stepped in front of Seyi Ajirotutu as he slipped making a cut on an in route to grab an interception thrown by Kellen Clemens. Crezdon Butler also intercepted a Clemens’ offering on an out-and-up route intended for Malcom Floyd. Ajirotutu made a nice, one-handed catch over the middle toward the end of team drills.
The Chargers played crowd noise over the speakers at practice in anticipation for the team’s game on Friday at CenturyLink Field. Considered one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, San Diego receivers coach Fred Graves said the environment should be a good test for some of the team’s younger players. “I’d say probably three-fourths of our guys have probably never been in this kind of environment,” Graves said. “So it will get them ready and get them prepared for down the road in those playoff games and things like that. I think our guys are ready for it.”
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco accepted Denver Broncos general manager John Elway’s “ice bucket challenge,” receiving a cold bucket of ice water poured over his head by Weddle after practice on Wednesday in in the name of ALS awareness and fundraising.
Up next: The Chargers will have a short morning practice on Thursday at Chargers Park before traveling to Seattle later that day. The practice is closed to the public.