They're Back: Chargers Hold First Workout

By Derek Togerson
|  Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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The Chargers held their first official full team workout on Tuesday. 

Actually, it's called a voluntary coaching session. Players don't "have" to be there, but it's strongly encouraged, so they don't miss it.  Nobody wants a Wally Pip situation (that's for you die-hard sports fans out there).

Actually, there were a few no-shows. All four restricted free agents -- Shawne Merriman, Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill -- were conspicuously absent. When asked to comment on the four starters who were not there, head coach Norv Turner stated "they're not here," with a smile on his face.

The team's top two draft picks, Ryan Mathews and Donald Butler, were both absent because NFL rules don't allow new draftees to join their teams until the school year is over. They'll both be at mini-camp next week. 

Kicker Nate Kaeding was also absent.

Overall it was an uneventful practice. The young players got to share the field with their veteran tea mates for the first time. They'll finish up just before the weekend and return again next week for mini camp.

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