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Chargers’ Leaf Avoids Controversy

September 21, 2000

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Ryan Leaf is doing his best to avoid controversy as the San Diego Chargers prepare for Sunday’s game against the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.

After benching Leaf for the start of last week’s game in Kansas City, coach Mike Riley has turned to the third-year quarterback again with Moses Moreno sidelined for at least two weeks after straining his throwing shoulder.

``If he tells me to play, I’m going to play,″ Leaf said Wednesday. ``If he tells me to sit, I’ll sit. Whatever is best for the team. It’s a business and you learn that quickly.

``You understand it was a tough decision for him to make and he had to make it. You’ve got to act like a man, go out and practice, and be ready when you number is called.″

Leaf has an NFL-worst quarterback rating of at 32.6. He has completed 35 of 76 passes for 376 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions. The offense is ranked last in the NFL, and has scored only three touchdowns in 12 quarters this season.

``I’m not going to be timid. I’m going to go out and throw the ball around,″ Leaf said.

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