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 Latest Chargers Player Notes
Apr 23 2018 - Melvin Gordon
  RB Melvin Gordon will have the fifth-year ption on his contract exercised, Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced at a Monday press conference. The extends Gordon's contract with the Chargers through the 2019 season. A first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Gordon rushed for 641 yards, 3.5 yards per carry and no touchdowns as a rookie, when he fumbled six times. He improved to 997 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns and 3.9 yards per attempt in 2016, and ran for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2017. He also had 58 receptions for 486 yards and four scores last season.


Apr 1 2018 - Geno Smith
  QB Geno Smith reached agreement with the Chargers on a one-year contract Sunday. The five-year veteran with 31 career starts for the New York Jets and New York Giants will compete for the backup job behind longtime starter Philip Rivers. Last season with the Giants, Smith made one start in a controversial move when Eli Manning was benched. In a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown but lost two fumbles before the Giants went back to Manning the following week. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is familiar with Smith, who was drafted in the second round in 2013 when Lynn was with the Jets. In two seasons as the Jets' starter, Smith went just 11-18 while throwing 36 interceptions and 25 touchdown passes before he was benched. Since then, he has started just two games in the past three seasons.


Mar 29 2018 - Geno Smith
  QB Geno Smith was headed to Seattle on Thursday night to visit the Seahawks following a visit with the Los Angeles Chargers, the New York Daily News reported, citing a source. The Seahawks have a major need behind starter Russell Wilson following Tuesday's release of Trevone Boykin, who was arrested on domestic assault charges in Texas. Smith has spent his entire career with the New York teams, playing his first four seasons with the Jets and last year with the Giants.


Mar 23 2018 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget of the Chargers was suspended without pay by the NFL for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Liuget, 28, is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He has started 100 of the 102 NFL games he has played during his seven-year NFL career. Liuget started all 12 games he played in 2017, when he had 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes knocked down.


Mar 19 2018 - Mike Pouncey
  Center Mike Pouncey signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. The deal is worth $15 million, with $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.The Miami Dolphins released Pouncey, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, when they acquired center Daniel Kilgore from the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. The 28-year-old Pouncey started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season despite being bothered by a hip injury.


Mar 17 2018 - Caleb Sturgis
  K Caleb Sturgis was signed a two-year contract by the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced. Sturgis is returning after sustaining a hip flexor injury in the 2017 season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was placed on injured reserve and didn't regain the starting job from rookie Jake Elliott, who was signed off the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad. The 28-year-old Sturgis converted 53 of 63 field-goal attempts and 65 of 68 extra-point tries during his initial two seasons with the Eagles.


Mar 14 2018 - Virgil Green
  TE Virgil Green signed a three-year free agent contract with the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday. Green played seven seasons with the Denver Broncos, after being their seventh-round draft choice out of Nevada 2011. He caught 71 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns during his time in Denver. Last season, he started all 16 games and caught 14 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown.


Mar 14 2018 - Adrian Phillips
  S Adrian Phillips, the Chargers announced on Wednesday. Phillips, who is entering his fifth season, agreed to a one-year contract. Last season, he recorded career-highs of 63 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions in 15 games. He also was used as an extra linebacker in base packages at time under defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.


Mar 12 2018 - Casey Hayward
  CB Casey Hayward signed a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Chargers that includes $20 million guaranteed. Hayward, who had one year remaining on the three-year, $15.3 million contract he signed two years ago, was named second-team All-Pro in 2017 after starting all 16 regular-season games for the Chargers. The new deal will run through the 2021 season. It's not immediately known how the new deal will impact the Chargers' salary cap. Before the extension, Hayward's contract was to count $5.1 million against the cap in 2018. Hayward came to the Chargers two years ago from the Packers after spending four years in Green Bay. The 28-year-old Hayward has received Pro Bowl invitations each of the past two years and is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. His 11 interceptions the past two seasons are tied for the most in the league with Marcus Peters, and his 53 pass breakups during that period are the best in the NFL. As a team, the Chargers tied for sixth in the league with 18 interceptions and ranked No. 3 in fewest passing yards per game (197 yards).


Mar 7 2018 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Tuesday and donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund set up in Aaron Feis' honor. Liuget admitted that he isn't sure he could have done the same as Feis, who stepped into the line of fire in a bid to save students when a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle entered the Parkland (Fla.) school on Feb. 14. Feis, an assistant coach and security guard, was shot and killed as he shielded two students. "He gave his life for someone," the 27-year-old Liuget said, via WSVN. "I don't know, to be honest, if I'm built for that myself, you know? To be completely honest. If it isn't my kids or maybe my wife, I'd probably ... I don't know if I'm built the way coach Feis was, and I just wanna tip my hat to him, his family and the sacrifice that he made on that day."


Mar 1 2018 - Joey Bosa
  DT Joey Bosa recently underwent surgery to repair a dislocated finger on his right hand. Bosa suffered the injury as a rookie and played the entire 2017 season with it. The recovery time is expected to be six weeks, ESPN reported.


Feb 6 2018 - Joe Barksdale
  RT Joe Barksdale has shed light on a very dark time in his life. Barksdale told Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times that he has battled severe depression and nearly took his own life in November. The 29-year-old opted to share his feelings with the newspaper in a bid to potentially help others. "If I could save another person, maybe that's why the attempts (to harm myself) didn't work," Barksdale told the newspaper.


Feb 3 2018 - Keenan Allen
  WR Keenan Allen was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Allen came back from a kidney issue in 2015 and a torn ACL in 2016 to catch 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns for the Chargers.


Jan 10 2018 - *Roberto Aguayo
  K Roberto Aguayo was signed to a reserve/future free-agent contract, the Los Angeles Chargers announced Wednesday. Addressing the kicking game has been a point of emphasis for the Chargers, who used five kickers in 2017 and connected on an NFL-worst 67 percent of their field-goal attempts. Aguayo fizzled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being selected with a second-round pick in 2016. He made just 22 of 31 field-goal attempts -- including just 4 of 10 on attempts between 40-49 yards -- during his rookie season.


Jan 4 2018 - Antonio Gates
  TE Antonio Gates just finished his 15th NFL season, and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told the media on Thursday that he plans to sit down with Gates to get a sense of the veteran's mindset. "We'll see what his thoughts are and what's he's thinking," said Telesco, per the team's official website. "He's one of the greatest Chargers of all time. He's still playing at a really good level. He's a special, special guy." Gates, 37, appeared in all 16 games this season, starting four, and finished with 30 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns.


Jan 3 2018 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey started all 16 games, a major accomplishment after being limited to five with a hip ailment in 2016.


Jan 3 2018 - Joey Bosa
  DE Joey Bosa's relentless motor allowed him to be the quickest player ever to record 19 career sacks in his first 20 games. He finished with 12 1/2 sacks this season.


Jan 3 2018 - Keenan Allen
  WR Keenan Allen was a sensation, proving to everyone he was fully recovered from his knee injury with a Pro Bowl season. Allen set a franchise record with 102 receptions and had a career-high 1,393 receiving yards.


Jan 3 2018 - Antonio Gates
  TE Antonio Gates ended up with 30 receptions and four touchdowns. Now the team, and Gates, must decided about him returning for his 16th season. In the final two games Gates proved he can still get open, although the yards after the catch are at a minimum.


Jan 3 2018 - Melvin Gordon
  RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns and added four more and nearly 500 yards as a receiver. The Chargers liked the toughness Gordon revealed as he played through some nagging injuries and at one point was challenged by coach Anthony Lynn to be a more physical back to collect yards after contact.


Jan 3 2018 - Philip Rivers
  QB Philip Rivers (28 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) rebounded with a Pro Bowl season after leading the NFL in interceptions in the previous season. Rivers sped past the 50,000-yard passing mark and for the 10th time had at least 25 touchdown passes. Of those 10 picks, six of them came in two games, both in losses to the Chiefs.


Jan 3 2018 - Philip Rivers
  QB Philip Rivers was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced on Wednesday. Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' 30-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. While the 14-year veteran put forth a dominant performance, the Chargers did not receive the help they needed to squeeze into the playoffs.


Jan 1 2018 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey started all 16 games, the first time he's done that since 2012, his second season in the league.


Jan 1 2018 - Antonio Gates
  TE Antonio Gates' contract runs out in March and he's still deciding if he is going to return for his 16th season. Throughout the locker room, the Chargers said Gates can still be effective and he's hard to cover with just single coverage. Gates had four catches for 46 yards in the season finale.


Jan 1 2018 - Adrian Phillips
  S Adrian Phillips (ankle) sat out the last game.


Jan 1 2018 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget (knee) wasn't able to go in the finale.


Jan 1 2018 - Keenan Allen
  WR Keenan Allen set the franchise record with 102 receptions for a single season.


Jan 1 2018 - Denzel Perryman
  ILB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) returned to the lineup and had some key plays in limited work. He finished with three tackles.


Jan 1 2018 - Philip Rivers
  QB Philip Rivers became the ninth player in NFL history to pass for 50,000 career yards. He also tied Fran Tarkenton for sixth all-time with 342 touchdown passes.


Jan 1 2018 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey, bothered by a chronic hip injury, started all 16 games for the first time since 2012.


Jan 1 2018 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget (knee) couldn't play Sunday. He was replaced by Darius Philon.


Jan 1 2018 - Keenan Allen
  WR Keenan Allen had a pair of scores as the Chargers beat the Raiders 30-10 on Sunday. Allen had a game-high 133 receiving yards on nine catches.


Jan 1 2018 - Philip Rivers
  QB Philip Rivers led the Chargers by throwing for three touchdowns in a 30-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday. Rivers competed 28 of 37 passes for 387 yards and three scores as he lifted his lifetime mark against the Raiders to 16-8. However, it wasn't enough to secure a playoff berth. Rivers became the ninth player to reach 50,000 passing yards.


Dec 27 2017 - Mike Pouncey
  C Mike Pouncey will make his 16th start of the season Sunday against Buffalo. Head coach Adam Gase said Pouncey, who has been on a maintenance program of sorts because of a hip injury, has been getting better each week. "Especially down the stretch, he's been probably our most consistent guy and he's probably played his best ball in the back half of the season," Gase said of the three-time Pro Bowl selection. Mike Pouncey earned the Ed Block Courage Award, it was announced on Wednesday.


Dec 27 2017 - Denzel Perryman
  ILB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) was limited and has a chance to play on Sunday.


Dec 27 2017 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget (knee) was limited and has a chance to return this week.


Dec 27 2017 - Jeff Cumberland
  TE Jeff Cumberland (illness) did not practice.


Dec 27 2017 - Adrian Phillips
  S Adrian Phillips (ankle) did not practice.


Dec 27 2017 - Russell Okung
  LT Russell Okung (groin) was limited.


Dec 27 2017 - Spencer Pulley
  C Spencer Pulley (knee) was limited.


Dec 27 2017 - Nick Dzubnar
  ILB Nick Dzubnar (illness) was a full participant.


Dec 27 2017 - Austin Ekeler
  RB Austin Ekeler (hand) was a full participant.


Dec 27 2017 - Rayshawn Jenkins
  S Rayshawn Jenkins (shoulder) had a full practice


Dec 27 2017 - Melvin Gordon
  RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.


Dec 26 2017 - Russell Okung
  LT Russell Okung (knee) could return to the lineup this week.


Dec 26 2017 - Corey Liuget
  DT Corey Liuget (knee) hopes to return after missing the Titans game.


Dec 26 2017 - Keenan Allen
  WR Keenan Allen (back) should be able to go this week.


Dec 26 2017 - Denzel Perryman
  ILB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) has a chance to play this week after missing the Titans game.


Dec 26 2017 - Melvin Gordon
  RB Melvin Gordon left the game with an ankle injury and his status will be evaluated through the week, according to coach Anthony Lynn.


Dec 24 2017 - Melvin Gordon
  RB Melvin Gordon went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his three-year career with 81 yards against the Jets Sunday.



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