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Chargers appear to avoid injury bug with Danny Woodhead, end minicamp a day early

Chargers running back Danny Woodhead appeared to avoid serious injury on Wednesday, apparently suffering just a sprained ankle during minicamp. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

SAN DIEGO -- Maybe it's a good thing Joey Bosa is skipping the San Diego Chargers' mandatory minicamp.

The rookie out of Ohio State doesn't have to worry about the possibility of getting injured before training camp starts.

The Chargers appeared to avoid a scare when running back Danny Woodhead had his left ankle rolled up on by a defensive lineman during team drills on Wednesday.

Woodhead remained on the ground for several minutes as San Diego's head trainer James Collins examined his ankle. Woodhead ultimately got up and walked off of the field on his own. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy ended practice early a few plays later.

McCoy said the talented running back appeared to avoid serious injury, apparently suffering just a sprained ankle.

Woodhead, 31, broke his right ankle in a Week 3 contest against the Buffalo Bills two years ago, ending his 2014 campaign. He finished with the most receiving yards in the NFL for a running back a year ago (755). Woodhead is an important part of San Diego's offense.

"Any time a player goes down, you see something like that and they get rolled up on, you get nervous," McCoy said. "But the report right now is good."

Not only did McCoy end practice early, he also closed down minicamp a day early, giving players a head start on vacation by canceling Thursday's practice for veterans.

Instead, McCoy and the rest of the team's coaching staff will meet with first-year players on Thursday.

Wednesday's practice also was the continuation of intense work on the field. The Chargers had their second minor scuffle on the field in practices open to reporters on Wednesday, when guard D.J. Fluker and defensive lineman Corey Liuget got into it.

"We had a little tussle," Fluker said. "But that's part of the game. Somebody is going to get beat, and you've got to have a little fire to you. That's sparked the whole practice for us."

Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed also attended practice and spoke to players afterward. A Buffalo native, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco worked for the Bills as an intern during Reed's time with the team. The two spoke on the field during the first part of practice.

"To see someone like that come in here, his message was outstanding," McCoy said of Reed.

Bosa was the only player not in attendance during the minicamp.

Players who did not participate in practice on Wednesday included Travis Benjamin, Chris Watt, Trevor Robinson, Steve Williams and Derek Watt.

Overall, McCoy said he is pleased with the energy level and the way his team worked during the offseason, and he expects players to bring that same level of intensity once training camp begins at the end of July.

"Now they are all playing for jobs," McCoy said. "When you get into training camp, we're going to make changes from week to week. And someone is going to become available and we're going to bring someone else in. Injuries are a part of the game, so you have to replace somebody.

"So there's so many things that go into it, but now we're starting to figure out, OK, these are the guys that are going to help us as we come to the final cuts, help us win against Kansas City in the opener."