Morning Links: Keiser arrested after fight

December, 31, 2013
12/31/13
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SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Teri Figueroa and Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego report that San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge at a restaurant bar in the Gaslamp Quarter, a popular area for nightclubs here in San Diego Sunday evening.

According to the report, Keiser, 24, and another man had an altercation that turned into a fight. Keiser was arrested at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, hours after his team’s victory over Kansas City. Keiser is out on bail.

Per the report, the man involved in the fight had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

“We’re aware of the issue involving Thomas,” the Chargers said in a statement. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.”

Keiser's arrest is bad timing for the Chargers, as they try and build momentum for the playoffs. With the return of Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson, Keiser's playing time has been reduced of late. Still, he's been productive rushing the passer this season, with 4.5 sacks. And San Diego needs every healthy player available for the team's AFC wild-card game in Cincinnati this weekend.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano hands out his end-of-the-season awards. He gives Chargers receiver Keenan Allen offensive rookie of the year honors. Graziano: “Having lost Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander to injury or free agency in the previous year and a half, Rivers was sitting there in late September with a 1-2 record and feeling kind of glum. He decided to watch a movie, but the DVD he thought was “Step Brothers” had gotten mixed up with some old film of Cal games the Chargers coaches were using before the draft. Rivers was mesmerized watching Allen, and, when offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt came in, Rivers asked why the Chargers hadn’t drafted anyone like that. Whisenhunt said they had, in fact, drafted that very guy. Rivers shouted, 'He’s on our team? Right now? And he’s not hurt?!?!?!' then raced out of the room to fix everything. Allen finished the season with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns.”

Bill Barnwell of Grantland breaks down San Diego’s long, winding road to the playoffs. Barnwell:

Adam Schein of NFL.com believes the Chargers could be a dangerous team in the playoffs.

Here are the opponents for San Diego and every other NFL team for the 2014 season. San Diego’s home opponents are Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, New England, the New York Jets, Jacksonville, St. Louis and Seattle. The Chargers will face the Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Buffalo, Miami, Baltimore, Arizona and San Francisco on the road.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides five lessons learned from San Diego’s win over Kansas City.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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