Morning links: Clary hopeful for opener

Good morning. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego talked with San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Jeromey Clary about the possibility of making it back for the season opener at Arizona.

Clary, 30, was placed on the active, physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp. Clary missed all of the offseason workouts with shoulder and hip surgeries, but he says he is targeting a return to the field in time to play in the opener at Arizona.

“I’m going to push as hard as I possibly can to get there,” he said.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland lists Clary’s four-year, $20 million deal as part of his all-bad contracts team. Clary is set to make $4.4 million in base salary in the final year of the deal this season. Barnwell: “A mess at right tackle in San Diego for years, Clary has repeatedly been defended by the organization as a worthwhile contributor to what has usually been a terrible offensive line. He moved to guard last season after the team drafted D.J. Fluker in the first round, where he wasn’t much better. He’s in the final year of a four-year, $20 million deal; if the Chargers don’t cut him, he’ll be the fourth-highest-paid player on the team.”

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego notes that Steve Williams played slot defender during practice in his training camp report.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego writes that Antonio Gates traveled back home after road games last season multiple times to see his ailing sister Pamela, who died on Wednesday after a long battle with lupus.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that rookie receiver Tevin Reese turned some heads with his play on the first day of camp.

Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of Xtra 1360 Sports Radio talk with Philip Rivers in this audio link.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 talks with rookie linebacker Jerry Attaochu about his first day of camp in this audio link.

John Breech of CBS Sports points to the competition for the starting right guard spot among Clary, Johnnie Troutman and Chris Watt as the position battle to watch for the Chargers.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post previews the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers opponent in the regular-season opener.