Schottenheimer: Wideout has grasped system

SAN DIEGO -- Newly acquired wide receiver Keenan McCardell
will make his season debut on Sunday and might even start for the
San Diego Chargers in their road game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Chargers obtained McCardell from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
for two draft picks on Tuesday, just before the NFL trading
deadline. McCardell was the league's last holdout, skipping the
first six games with Tampa Bay because he was unhappy his contract
wasn't renegotiated.

"It's not out of the realm of possibility that Keenan starts," coach Marty Schottenheimer said Friday.

"He has some history in this system, but it was a long time
ago," Schottenheimer said. "But he has come along and had no
problems at all."

If McCardell starts, he will line up opposite Eric Parker. Reche Caldwell, San Diego's leading wideout, sustained a season-ending
knee injury in last Sunday's loss at Atlanta.

Schottenheimer wasn't sure if wide receiver Bobby Shaw, signed
as a free agent on Tuesday, will play against Carolina.