Healthy, confident Mike Williams coming up big for Chargers
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Williams is healthy and confident for the first time in two seasons, which is paying huge dividends for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Williams leads the team in receiving touchdowns with nine going into Saturday's game against Baltimore. He is coming off his biggest game in the NFL with seven receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns (including one rushing) in Thursday's 29-28 come-from-behind victory at Kansas City.
Chargers lead Pro Bowl selections with 7 players
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game.
Broncos don’t mind that they’re not getting any credit
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — First, Keenan Allen disses Denver. Then, JuJu Smith-Schuster says the Steelers beat themselves.
Seems nobody wants to give the resurgent Denver Broncos any credit, and that's just fine with them.
"This defense is built to stop anybody in this league," safety Darian Stewart said in the aftermath of Denver's second straight win over a team that hadn't lost since September.
Chargers list Bosa as questionable for Sunday vs. Broncos
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and tight end Antonio Gates are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday that Bosa remains a game-time decision but that he looked good in team and individual drills after missing two months due to a bone bruise to his left foot. Bosa has been listed as limited on the practice report this week.
Gates did not practice Wednesday or Thursday due to a knee injury but was a limited participant Friday.
Tyrell Williams emerges as deep threat for Chargers
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have proven during the first half of the season that they have plenty of weapons on offense. One who has emerged is Tyrell Williams, who has become a deep threat during the past month.
Going into Sunday's game at Oakland, the fourth-year wide receiver has four touchdowns and is averaging 28.8 yards per catch over the past three games.
Chargers’ WR Allen productive despite lack of touchdowns
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Keenan Allen is having another productive season for the Los Angeles Chargers with the exception of one area — touchdowns.
The wide receiver has the second-most receptions (41) and yards (506) through seven games in his six-year career, but he has only one touchdown.
Austin Ekeler emerging as big-play threat for Chargers
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Opposing defenses are learning that Austin Ekeler is just as effective a running back as Melvin Gordon for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Chargers WRs Allen, Benjamin questionable vs. Niners
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers wide receivers Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Both were limited participants during Friday's practice.
Allen did not practice Wednesday or Thursday due to soreness in his right knee and a tooth. The sixth-year receiver is tied for the team lead in receptions (17) and is averaging 12.9 yards per reception.
Chargers Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7)
New faces: C Mike Pouncey, TE Virgil Green, S Derwin James, LB Uchenna Nwosu, QB Geno Smith, PK Caleb Sturgis, PK Roberto Aguayo.
Key losses: S Tre Boston, TE Antonio Gates, DL Jeremiah Attaochu, TE Hunter Henry (injury), CB Jason Verrett (injury).
Chargers Training Camp Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, California
Brady wins MVP, Rams get 3 awards, Allen comeback player
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL's Most Valuable Player.
Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship.
Minneapolis — For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL's Most Valuable Player.
Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship.
Watch Steelers’ Cameron Heyward, Chris Boswell tell each other bad jokes
For those players named to the Pro Bowl, the weeklong experience isn't so much about the football game as it having fun. Two of the 10 Steelers named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster showed just how much fun it can be.
Fun – but not necessarily funny.
Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward and kicker Chris Boswell were part of a video produced by Whistle Sports that was made at the Pro Bowl of teammates telling each other bad jokes.
Chargers rout Raiders 30-10, miss playoffs; Del Rio fired
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers finished off another impressive home victory and quickly retreated to their locker room, hoping for good news that never came.
The Oakland Raiders trudged back to their locker room and got some dismaying news of their own: coach Jack Del Rio had been fired at the close of a miserable season.
Jets’ Shell has concussion, won’t play against Patriots
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets right tackle Brandon Shell will not play in the season finale against the New England Patriots because of a concussion.
Shell was injured while making a tackle on Keenan Allen's interception of Bryce Petty's Hail Mary toss that ended the first half of New York's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday.
Hayward plays with heavy heart as Chargers beat Browns 19-10
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Casey Hayward spent the week away from the Los Angeles Chargers after his brother was killed in a car accident Monday night. The star cornerback thought about staying with his relatives in Georgia and skipping the Chargers' game against Cleveland.
Instead, he returned in time to join his other family for another victory in the Chargers' remarkable resurgence.
"I'm better when I'm out here," Hayward said. "I'm better when I'm on the field."
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Chargers surge into share of 1st, keep Browns winless, 19-10
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — After Adrian Phillips' late interception sealed the Los Angeles Chargers' third straight victory, they left their new home field as a first-place team.
Their miserable 0-4 start to the season seemed as if it happened years ago.
The 0-12 Cleveland Browns' nightmare still won't end. Not even against the only opponent they've beaten in nearly two years.
Healthy lead: Chargers WR Keenan Allen racks up big numbers
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Keenan Allen knew his durability would be tested while the Los Angeles Chargers played two games in five days last week. He is paying close attention to injury prevention after his previous two seasons ended early, so the receiver was understandably concerned.
Allen then caught 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in the best back-to-back performances of his NFL career.
Receiver Allen headed for career year for surging Chargers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Keenan Allen looked a little overweight to new Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for all but one game in 2016.
Rivers, Chargers beat fading Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers was more than comfortable on the Thanksgiving stage for the first time in his 14 NFL seasons.
Same with Keenan Allen, who didn't have to wait nearly that long.
Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns, Allen had a career-high 172 yards in his second straight huge game and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.
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FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver pickups for W9 include Lee, Richardson
For the second straight week we will have six teams on bye — the Bears, Browns, Vikings, Steelers, Patriots and Chargers all have the week off.
It won't be easy finding replacements on the waiver wire for players like Jordan Howard, Adam Thielen, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon.
New Chicago Bears WR Inman happy to be wanted after trade from deep Chargers WR corps
LAKE FOREST — Dontrelle Inman wanted to be read, and the Chicago Bears needed a good book to get a truer read on their rookie quarterback and two-game winning streak catalyzed by their defense and run game, not a sporadic passing attack.
That’s how the Bears' new wide receiver described the trade that brought him from the Chargers to Chicago on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick.
1.DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Browns
The Philadelphia Eagles will visit the Los Angeles Chargers in a matchup where the host team is looking for its first win of the season. The Eagles (2-1) will try to hold off the Chargers (0-3) on Sunday (FOX, 4:05 p.m.) on the road.
Chargers Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, LT Russell Okung, WR Mike Williams.
Key losses: OT King Dunlap, LB Manti Te'o, CB Brandon Flowers, G D.J. Fluker, WR Stevie Johnson, RB Danny Woodhead, OG Forrest Lamp (injured), LB Denzel Perryman (injured ankle).
Chargers WR Keenan Allen shows signs of moving past injuries
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — If there were any doubts that Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is healthy again, joint practices with the Rams and New Orleans Saints have quashed them.
Allen caught touchdowns in live red-zone and goal-line drills against the Saints, and also had an impressive one-handed grab in the 7-on-7 period. But it was a hit the previous week in the first meeting of the future stadium co-tenants that has been the talk of the Chargers' training camp.
Fight for LA: Rams, Chargers scuffle during joint practice
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Fight for LA finally has some punch.
A handful of skirmishes broke out Wednesday when the Los Angeles Chargers visited the Los Angeles Rams' training camp for the teams' second joint practice in five days.
The fights mostly arose between the Chargers' offense and the Rams' defense during a lively scrimmage.
Chargers NT Mebane out for season with torn biceps
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps.
Mebane was hurt in Sunday's 31-24 home loss to the Miami Dolphins, which dropped San Diego to 4-6.
He joins a growing list of Chargers lost for the season, including wide receivers Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, running back Danny Woodhead, linebacker Manti Te'o and cornerback Jason Verrett.
Mebane signed as a free agent in the offseason after spending the previous nine years with Seattle.
Chargers CB Verrett out for season with torn ACL
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have lost cornerback Jason Verrett to a season-ending knee injury even as it appears that rookie defensive end Joey Bosa is finally ready to make his NFL debut.
Verrett confirmed Wednesday that he has a torn ACL in his left knee that will require surgery.
"My season is done with," he said.
Verrett, who was a Pro Bowler last year in his second NFL season, said he felt pain the past three games and had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury.
Chargers RB Woodhead to miss rest of season with torn ACL
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Versatile running back Danny Woodhead went on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a torn ACL in his right knee, the second San Diego Chargers playmaker to be lost in as many weeks.
Woodhead was hurt when he was tackled after a catch in the first quarter of a 38-14 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Woodhead also missed most of the 2014 season with a broken ankle.
Chargers look to bounce back from opening day debacle
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Keenan Allen is gone for the season, there's a stadium ballot measure that faces almost impossible odds and the San Diego Chargers have to quickly move past a stunning overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
So the sense of urgency is already dialed up for the Chargers, who play their home opener Sunday against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 0-1 teams.
Bolts’ Bosa misses practice again, unlikely to play Sunday
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Joey Bosa missed Wednesday's padded practice, increasing the likelihood that he'll miss the San Diego Chargers' home opener against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Bosa is slowed by a hamstring injury and still hasn't gone through a padded practice with the Chargers, who took him with the No. 3 pick overall in the draft.
He missed all of training camp due to a nasty holdout. He sat out Sunday's stunning overtime loss at Kansas City due to the injury.
FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver wire targets for second week of season
The season is over for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after hurting a knee against the Chiefs. It's a big blow to open the season for fantasy football, but those who played Allen need to move on by attacking the waiver wire.
There are plenty of solid options at wide receiver (and elsewhere) this week.
Chargers put Allen on IR, activate Bosa day after big loss
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Keenan Allen was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Rookie Joey Bosa was activated, with no real target date for when he'll make his NFL debut.
And coach Mike McCoy had no real answers — or at least ones he wanted to make public — about why the San Diego Chargers collapsed in a 33-27 overtime loss at Kansas City on Sunday.
FANTASY PLAYS: Less chaos, but plenty to learn from openers
Running backs Jalen Richard and Spencer Ware and tight end Jack Doyle highlighted an opening Sunday for fantasy football that had far less chaos and surprise than previous opening weekends. While there's less to learn long-term from 2016's opening frame, there's still plenty for fantasy owners to consider:
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen injured a knee in the second quarter Sunday against the Chiefs and was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday.
Keenan Allen draws cornerback Jason Verrett in coverage every practice.
What that does to prepare Allen becomes apparent whenever he, well, draws someone else.
While the Chargers wide receiver does claim some success against his teammate, that outcome seemed in larger supply the past two days. Allen had a productive pair of joint practices against the Cardinals. He is scheduled to see them again Friday in a 6 p.m. exhibition game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Observations from Tuesday’s Chargers-Cardinals practice at Qualcomm Stadium:
Attendance was about 3,500-4,000, as estimated by a few sportswriters. About 200 Cardinals fans were on hand.
For football lovers with short attention spans, the 75-minute main event was rapid-fire bliss. As many as three Chargers vs. Cardinals drills unfolded simultaneously.
Tyrell Williams has been getting plenty of run in training camp.
You go to Chargers practice now expecting to be wowed by Keenan Allen.
You know he will run routes that would pass military inspection. He will get open when it seems he can’t possibly. He will catch virtually every pass thrown his way, some of them seemingly with the help of special effects.
Allen’s ascension is not just one of the most important components to this Chargers season, it is one of the most impressive feats by a Chargers player in recent...
There is a chance Stevie Johnson could be ready to play in a matter of weeks.
That hasn't kept the Chargers from developing a contingent plan.
Three wide receivers are scheduled to work out Tuesday at Chargers Park, sources said. James Jones, Brian Hartline and Lance Moore will undergo a physical and on-field workout as part of their visit. The team can afford to add depth at the position after Johnson, a ninth-year pro, suffered a meniscus injury Sunday that will...
Observations from Day 3 of Chargers camp:
Ramping up the contact, the team worked in pads for the first time in eight months.
Playmaking from Brandon Mebane and pass blocking from Joe Barksdale stood out.
Newcomer Mebane stopped Danny Woodhead on a run play and disrupted a pass play.
In 1-on-1s, Barksdale looked polished.
Melvin Gordon lost twice to rookie Josh Perry in a pass-rush drill, giving the sophomore running back teaching material. A...
The Chargers put a heavy physical load on their wide receivers.
Perhaps they should pull back a tad this season. Here's how: run the ball better and line up two tight ends more often.
The dividend could be better durability for the receivers, not a strength of San Diego's wideout units in recent years.
The Chargers rely heavily on three-receiver formations and, like most NFL offenses, skew toward the pass.