Player News - Chargers

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According to Profootballtalk on NBC Sports, Chargers holdout No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa has offered to defer a "significant portion" of his signing bonus to March 2017.

It's the first sign of progress we've seen in weeks though Bosa's surprise peace offering still wasn't enough to close the massive gap that exists between the two sides. Bosa has been working out in Florida but it's still unclear when we'll see him on a football field again. There's a very real chance this standoff could last into the regular season.
Aug 24 - 7:52 PM

Chargers holdout No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa has been "working out like a madman" at Tony Villani's XPE Sports Academy in Florida, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

At least Bosa's conditioning won't be an issue if he ever decides to end his holdout. The Chargers were hoping Bosa would return soon so he could get a couple practices under his belt before Week 1 but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Even if Bosa caves in the next few days (he won't), it's unlikely he'd be ready for the team's opener against Kansas City on September 11.
Aug 24 - 4:33 PM

NFL suspended Chargers DT Damion Square four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

He'll be eligible to return against the Raiders in Week 5. Square missed a drug test, which has the same effect as if he had tested positive. The third-year defensive lineman appeared in six games for the Chargers after being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia in November.
Aug 24 - 4:12 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports the Chargers recently offered holdout No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa "their best offer," but Bosa rejected it and talks "are nowhere."

This is past being ridiculous, but it's only getting worse. There was a report earlier this week that the Chargers were willing to give Bosa $10 million of his $17 million signing bonus up front, but that's still not good enough for Bosa's camp. This looks like it could seriously linger into the regular season, and the Chargers have pulled their most recent offer. They also released a public statement, making this a PR war now. In the statement, the team said it'll have to now adjust any further offers because Bosa isn't going to be able to play all 16 regular-season games due to all the missed time. This is getting ugly.
Aug 24 - 1:43 PM

Chargers RG D.J. Fluker's (foot) MRI came back negative.

It's good news, but Fluker remains week to week, and questionable for Week 1. The exact nature of Fluker's injury is still unclear. Fluker battled ankle issues in 2015.
Aug 23 - 2:59 PM

ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports the Chargers are preparing as if No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa will not be available for Week 1.

It is the smart move considering they are headed into the third preseason game without any indication an end to the holdout is in sight. The stalemate exists because the Chargers want Bosa to both accept offset language and a deferment of his signing bonus. Bosa has indicated he is willing to accept one of the provisions, but the Chargers are not budging. It is an absurd stand to take with the No. 3 overall pick.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 9:06 AM

Chargers RG D.J. Fluker was spotted on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot Monday.

He's undergoing an MRI. Fluker has been one of the only steady presences on the Chargers' offensive line since his selection in 2013. The boot and crutches are never a good combination. The Bolts begin the season 20 days from today.
Aug 22 - 3:14 PM

Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles' in the second preseason game Friday night.

This was always the most likely outcome after Cumberland pulled up without contact trying to catch a ball in the end zone. The veteran will spend the season on injured reserve. Cumberland also suffered a torn Achilles' in 2011.
Aug 20 - 4:46 PM

Chargers seventh-round OG Donavon Clark suffered a torn ACL Friday night.

Clark had to be carted off the field after his leg was folded underneath him while blocking on a run play. He will spend his rookie year on injured reserve.
Aug 20 - 4:10 PM

Zach Mettenberger did not play in the Chargers' second preseason game.

Mettenberger worked ahead of Mike Bercovici in the first preseason game, but the undrafted rookie got the nod on Friday. Considering Philip Rivers did not play in the game, not seeing any work is an extremely bad sign for Mettenberger's roster chances.
Aug 20 - 12:02 AM

Tyrell Williams caught 4-of-6 targets for 47 yards in the Chargers' second preseason game.

Williams was held out of the preseason opener with "leg tightness," but he saw plenty of snaps Friday night. Williams had a nice 14-yard grab on the sideline to convert a third down in the second quarter, and he hauled in three passes during a successful two-minute drill to close out the first half. With Stevie Johnson (meniscus) out for the year, Williams has a shot to carve out a big role.
Aug 19 - 11:35 PM

Melvin Gordon rushed six times for 18 yards Friday night against the Cardinals.

Gordon opened the game with a 12-yard run off the left side, but he was mostly bottled up after that. He also continued to lose red-zone work to Danny Woodhead. Despite a big touchdown catch in the first preseason game, Gordon's effectiveness and touchdown upside remain in question.
Aug 19 - 11:30 PM

Chargers seventh-round OG Donavon Clark suffered a knee injury in Friday night's preseason game.

Clark's leg folded beneath him while blocking on a run play in the third quarter. He had to be carted off the field. Looking at a potentially serious injury, Clark will likely spend his rookie year on injured reserve.
Aug 19 - 10:52 PM

Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland exited Friday night's preseason game with an Achilles' injury.

Cumberland pulled up while chasing down a ball in the end zone. He had to be helped off the field before riding the cart into the locker room. Non-contact injuries are never good, and it is certainly possible Cumberland ruptured his Achilles'. His status will be updated over the next couple days.
Aug 19 - 10:13 PM

Philip Rivers will not play against the Cardinals Friday night.

This is just a day off for the veteran quarterback. Rivers and Antonio Gates headline a list of 10 Chargers sitting out Friday night.
Aug 19 - 8:02 PM


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