COSTA MESA, Calif. – As the Los Angeles Chargers began practice Tuesday, many of the starters who sat out the final preseason game last week against the Los Angeles Rams with minor bumps and bruises were dressed in practice gear and on the field.
The Chargers were just in helmets and jerseys on Tuesday, but players such as cornerback Casey Hayward, right tackle Joe Barksdale and receiver Tyrell Williams were able to go through stretching and positional work during the early portion of practice available for reporters.
Other than linebacker Denzel Perryman, who's out with an ankle injury, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said all of his starters should be healthy enough to play in Monday's season opener on the road against the Denver Broncos.
Along with Perryman, the Chargers lost second-round selection guard Forrest Lamp for the season with an ACL knee injury. First-rounder Mike Williams has been out since May with a lower back disc herniation but is expected to play at some point during the first half of the season.
"You're going to have some injuries, but I think we did," Lynn said, when asked if he team came through training camp for the most part healthy. "I think we had less injuries coming out of camp than the year before, so that's some improvement."
Lynn said the Chargers have been building toward facing the Broncos since the NFL schedule was announced in April. And although some NFL observers have the Chargers rebounding from last year's 5-11 campaign and competing for an AFC West title, Lynn said he's not buying the hype just yet.
"I don't even like that word potential," Lynn said. "Potential gets you beat. Potential gets you fired. We've had this [same] personnel here the last couple years. So we have to just come together as a group, all pulling together in the same direction and just play better football."