1994 Chargers suffer another tragedy

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that former Chargers linebacker Lew Bush died Thursday at 42.

It continued a terrible trend. He was the seventh player from the Chargers’ 1994 Super Bowl team to die before the age of 45. Bush joined San Diego in 1993 as a rookie and played seven seasons there before three seasons in Kansas City.

The other players to die from the AFC title team were linebacker David Griggs (28, auto accident, 1995), running back Rodney Culver (25, airplane crash, 1996), linebacker Doug Miller (28, struck by lightning, 1998), center Curtis Whitley (39, overdose, 2008), defensive lineman Chris Mims (38, heart, 2008) and defensive lineman Shawn Lee (44, cardiac arrest, 2011).

Our condolences go out to Bush’s family and to the Chargers organization.

In other AFC West news:

Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain told the Oakland Tribune that he is done talking to the media for his career. That might be difficult as players are contractually obligated to speak to reporters. McClain was arrested on assault charges in his hometown in Alabama last week.

Denver’s Von Miler isn’t the only impressive rookie pass-rusher.

Chargers linebacker Donald Butler missed his second day of practice with a foot injury he suffered at Jacksonville on Monday night. Linebacker Shaun Phillips didn’t practice Thursday because of a nagging foot injury.