Chargers Facing an Old Friend in London

Not "just another game," says ex-Bolt Brees

One of the Chargers main goals on Sunday at Wembley Stadium will be to stop New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Brees is on pace for his third consecutive 4,000-yard season since leaving San Diego and eager to dish out some payback.

"I'd be lying if I told you that it was just any other game," Brees told The Times-Picayune.

Like many professional athletes, Brees feels like a jilted husband cast aside for a younger man.

"The truth of the matter is, (Philip Rivers) was kind of brought in to replace me," said Brees.

But the Saints have bigger issues than Brees' revenge fantasies. Reports are circulating that teammates Deuce McAllister and Will Smith are among six to 10 players in violation of the NFL's steroids policy.

"These men are entitled to confidentiality and entitled to go through appeal process, so the (Fox 31) report ... is completely unfair," said David Cornwell, an attorney hired to represent some of the players named . "The cornerstone of any workplace testing program, especially one in professional sports with high-profile people, is confidentiality."
The Chargers had their first practice in England on Wednesday, but without running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson is nursing a toe injury he picked up early in the season.

Meanwhile, Wide receiver Buster Davis also missed practice, and receiver Chris Chambers and linebacker Jyles Tucker had limited practice.

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