Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s Former Teammates Not Being Allowed to Go To His HOF Induction

Talk about a slap in the face. It looks like a couple of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates – QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates are being barred from going to the former running back’s Hall of Fame induction on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Sporting News has the report:

Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates with the now-Los Angeles Chargers are being blocked from attending the running back’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Two sources told Sporting News that new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is insisting that quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates instead participate in the team’s first training camp session at the StubHub Center. One source said Gates is considering going, anyway, even if the trip draws a fine.

It’s common for coaches to give active players who are close with a Hall of Fame inductee the chance to attend the ceremony. One example is Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was given permission to miss Cardinals practice this weekend so he can see Kurt Warner’s induction in person.

Is Rookie WR Mike Williams Really Done for the Season? Anthony Lynn Doesn’t Sound Too Confident

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There’s been plenty of speculation about Chargers rookie wide out Mike Williams and if he will be available at all in 2017. From the sounds of coach Anthony Lynn, it doesn’t sound very good to think that the receiver will be able to make much of an impact for the Bolts this season.

“I’m hopeful that it’s not [season ending], but who knows?” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “It could be. I don’t know. You’d like to have him out [there], but fortunately we have depth at that position and we’re going to be OK.”

Lynn’s honesty in regards to Williams is a continuation of his Day One mantra. Lynn wants to make clear that he cares about the players on the field and that he won’t get caught up in lingering injuries. Back before Williams’ back issue was thought of as a serious injury, he wondered if Williams wasn’t falling behind by missing workouts.

Obviously losing a massive target and first-round pick is difficult to stomach. By design, Williams was going to take pressure off Philip Rivers’ typically over-worked targets and bolster the team’s presence inside the 20-yard line. But instead of panicking, Lynn is doing his best to turn the situation into a motivator for the healthier players on the roster.

The Chargers have already announced that Williams is done for the rest of camp, so if he can make a recovery and play at all in 2017, he’s already going to be playing catch up with the rest of his teammates.

Chargers Release Statement About Mike Williams Being Shut Down for Rest of Camp

The Chargers have released a statement announcing their decision to shut down first-round wide receiver Mike Williams for the remainder of training camp according to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com.

Williams, the No.7-overall pick in this year’s draft out of Clemson, has been out since the first practice of rookie minicamp with a herniated disc in his back and started training camp on the PUP list. “Mike saw our doctors yesterday,” the statement reads, “and he will continue to progress on Dr. Robert Watkins’ plan. He will rehab and strengthen his back and is not expected to practice during training camp.”

It now seems increasingly possible that Williams will not be able to answer the bell for Week 1 of the regular season-and beyond. He is a likely candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season, and any decision to undergo surgery to fix the back issue would keep him out for his entire rookie season.

Chargers Grab QB Cardale Jones From Buffalo for a Conditional Draft Pick

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The Chargers today picked up a quarterback who has a history with new Bolts coach Anthony Lynn, as the team traded with Buffalo for quarterback Cardale Jones, for a conditional draft pick.

The writing was on the wall for Jones after his biggest supporter – now Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, left to go coach the Bolts.

Jones’ staunchest supporters left Western New York when Lynn departed for Los Angeles and general manager Doug Whaley lost his job in late April.

Buffalo proceeded to sign journeyman T.J. Yates and draft Nathan Peterman, leaving Jones as the odd man out of the quarterback rotation.

It’s no surprise that the former Ohio State star is headed to Southern California. Although Jones struggled in offseason practices as a rookie, he made quite an impression on Lynn, the Bills’ 2016 offensive coordinator-turned-interim head coach.

The Chargers worked out QB Robert Griffin III this week, but didn’t sign him, instead going for Jones in a deal instead.

QB Robert Griffin III to Workout for the Chargers

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Robert Griffin III had a forgettable one season with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and now is looking for a new home – and that could be in Los Angeles with the Chargers.

The former first-round pick of the Redskins is set to visit and workout with the Chargers on Tuesday, a team that might be in line for a backup to starting QB Philip Rivers.

With the Browns in 2016, Griffin played in 10 games, five starts, and threw for two touchdowns with three picks and 886 yards. His only win as a starter came on December 24th against the Chargers.

Chargers WR Mike Williams Denies He Will Need Season Ending Surgery

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams is denying reports that he might need season-ending back surgery, Lakisha Jackson of NFL.com reports. .

The rookie wideout addressed the rumors during Alshon Jeffery’s camp on Saturday.

“I’m good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released,” he said. “I don’t know who released it but everything is good.”

Williams suffered a mild disc herniation in his lower back during rookie minicamp. He was held out of the rest of offseason workouts.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday that Williams is likely to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list following a second epidural. Garafolo did note that he resumed running and was “feeling better” after the second procedure.

Chargers Have a Lot of Challenges As They Prepare for First Season in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Chargers have a long task ahead of them to be the talk of the town in the mammoth landscape that is LA, and this first season will be almost a test to see just how fans are going to react to the uprooted franchise.

A.G. Spanos, president of business operations for the franchise, is the man in charge of trying to get things ready to go when the team gets set to take the field for the first time, and it’s nothing short of a 24.7.365 job.

Spanos said that right now the Bolts are working mostly with a skeleton crew as training camp now sits about a month away.

“We’re doing everything for the first time,” Spanos said. “There’s not a lot of historical precedent for the things we’re doing, which is challenging, but also a great opportunity to reinvent things and not be saddled by an old model or an old way of doing things.”

One has to wonder how the franchise now playing in Los Angeles is going to translate with the players on the field. The Rams last season had a tough start to their new digs in LA, going just 4-12 and going through a coaching change already.

For the Bolts, they were the only team to lose to the Browns last season, so right away people are going to underestimate them in the very tough AFC West with the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos all looking to win the division.

For now, the Bolts are looking just to get settled in, and coming from San Diego to LA is going to be nothing short of an interesting transition for a team that still has plenty of building to do with a new coach.

“We’re a 57-year-old franchise, but it feels more like a startup,” Spanos said.

Not something that is going to give Chargers fans a lot of confidence one month before the start of camp.

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