SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp:
If you’re looking for clarity on what players will sit out and what approach the Chargers will take in the team’s exhibition opener against Dallas, you needn’t read any further.
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was not in a sharing mood, regarding which players he will rest or sit due to injuries on Thursday. “There’s certain things we want to get accomplished out of every group,” McCoy said. “And once we see that, we’ll make the change accordingly. It could change one series to another.”
McCoy would not provide an update on injured players, pointing to the league requirement that teams do not have to provide an injury report on players until the first week of the regular season.
McCoy traditionally avoided comment specifically on injured players last season because he does not want to provide any information he does not have to for his team’s opponent.
Of course, we’re talking about a preseason opener in which neither team schemes for an opponent, and the starters likely will only play a handful of snaps.
“As you know, we don’t have to comment on injuries at this time of the year,” McCoy said. “So, you know me -- I don’t say a whole lot about injuries. We’re looking forward to do the best we can tomorrow night. And when we have to report injuries, we will.”
With McCoy not talking, we’ll have to go with what reporters observed during San Diego’s 90-minute practice.
After nine straight practices in full pads, the players wore just helmets and jerseys on Wednesday. Rookie offensive lineman Chris Watt, who appeared to suffer a head or neck injury on Tuesday, did not practice, making his availability uncertain for Thursday. Johnnie Troutman replaced Watt at right guard with the starters.
Center Rich Ohrnberger also did not practice for a second straight day. Others who did not practice include outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, cornerback Brandon Flowers and Marcus Cromartie and receiver Vincent Brown. I would be surprised if any of those guys played on Thursday.
Cornerback Jason Verrett wore a red jersey again in practice, and is unlikely to play on Thursday. Defensive lineman Corey Liuget (foot) had a helmet but did not work with the starters during team drills. Damik Scafe took his place. Offensive lineman Jeromey Clary remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Up next: The Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium in the exhibition opener for both teams at 10 p.m. ET