COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers didn't have many glaring offseason needs but upgrading the linebacking unit was at the top of the list.
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Moment of silence for daughter of Chargers’ Brandon Mebane
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The daughter of Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane was remembered before Los Angeles' playoff game against the New England Patriots.
The Patriots asked fans to stand and observe a moment of silence for Makenna Mebane, who was born with a rare genetic condition known as Trisomy 13 that causes delays in development and affects several organs. She died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks.
Mebane back with Chargers following death of infant daughter
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Mebane is likely to play for the Los Angeles Chargers this week following the death of his 7-week old daughter.
Mebane had missed five of the past seven games, including last week's wild-card game at Baltimore, to be with his family.
"She wasn't getting better so we had to make a decision," Mebane said before Wednesday's practice. "She kept having bleeds from the stomach, and then when they tried to feed her, it wasn't good for her liver."
Chargers without LB Brown; Ravens make CB Young inactive
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers will be without injured linebacker Jatavis Brown in their playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Brown has an ankle injury and was placed on the inactive list Sunday. He is fifth on the team with 78 tackles.
Los Angeles will have running back Austin Ekeler, who missed the previous game against the Ravens two weeks ago but returns from a groin injury.
Chargers DT Mebane having trying season off the field
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Mebane is one of the most respected voices in the Los Angeles Chargers locker room, but the defensive tackle has been going through one of the most trying seasons of his 12-year career.
Chargers RB Gordon among 3 out for key game vs. Steelers
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, linebacker Brandon Mebane and offensive tackle Joe Barksdale have been ruled out for Sunday night's AFC showdown in Pittsburgh.
Gordon and Mebane did not practice this week. Barksdale was full participation before missing Friday's session.
Gordon, who is sixth in the NFL in rushing, sprained the MCL in his right knee during Sunday's 45-10 win over Arizona. Austin Ekeler is expected to get the start in place of Gordon.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The first workout in pads during training camp usually belongs to the defense, but Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey was ready to bring his own level of physicality.
Pouncey traded blows with Chargers defensive linemen Brandon Mebane and Corey Liuget on Monday, showing a ferocity he rediscovered because of how his time in Miami ended after seven seasons.
Mebane looking forward to Chargers’ first game back in LA
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — It's been a long time since defensive tackle Brandon Mebane won a game in his hometown of Los Angeles.
"Oh wow, probably like, man, like '02 or something like that," Mebane said, going all the way back to his senior season at Crenshaw High School.
Chargers set to hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers intend to hire former Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator, the club confirmed Saturday.
Chargers NT Mebane out for season with torn biceps
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps.
Mebane was hurt in Sunday's 31-24 home loss to the Miami Dolphins, which dropped San Diego to 4-6.
He joins a growing list of Chargers lost for the season, including wide receivers Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, running back Danny Woodhead, linebacker Manti Te'o and cornerback Jason Verrett.
Mebane signed as a free agent in the offseason after spending the previous nine years with Seattle.
Observations from Day 3 of Chargers camp:
Ramping up the contact, the team worked in pads for the first time in eight months.
Playmaking from Brandon Mebane and pass blocking from Joe Barksdale stood out.
Newcomer Mebane stopped Danny Woodhead on a run play and disrupted a pass play.
In 1-on-1s, Barksdale looked polished.
Melvin Gordon lost twice to rookie Josh Perry in a pass-rush drill, giving the sophomore running back teaching material. A...
SAN DIEGO - The Southern drawl delivered a prediction.
"I guarantee you we won't be 4-12 again,'' Philip Rivers said.
In these political times, be careful of people behind podiums making promises. But Rivers, the man leading the Chargers' ticket, might be on to something after the franchise's worst season since 2003.
The Chargers will get busy trying to prove Rivers right when training camp opens on Saturday. After an offseason where much of the focus was off...