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Luis Castillo is out for about six weeks with a torn ankle tendon. Jacques Cesaire will start in Castillo's place with Ryon Bingham also seeing reps in rotation.

Buster Davis and Shaun Phillips have been a bit dinged up, but it looks like those two are going to be ready to go against the Colts this Sunday. Its especially crucial that the team gets back Phillips, as the key to beating the Colts is to get as much pressure on Peyton Manning as possible.

Adrian Peterson had a monster game against the Chargers last week; 296 yards is a new single game record and likely seals the deal for Peterson's Rookie Of The Year bid. The Detroit Lions had the opportunity to draft Peterson with the number two overall pick, but were scared away by Peterson's college injury of a broken collarbone. The Lions had already been burned in the past with that injury: Carlos Rogers was their top pick in the 2003 draft and during his rookie season, Rogers broke his collarbone while practicing. Never getting his career back on the right track after the injury, Rogers went on to become known as a major bust.

When AJ Smith was asked recently about his course of action to replenish a banged up roster with free agents, Smith admitted that the search was certainly underway but that the pickings would be very slim eight weeks into the regular season. The Chargers are going to have to rely on their current depth to help them get through the final eight weeks of the season.

If the season were to end today, the Chargers would hold the #20 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. While it is still unclear as to which direction the team would go with their top pick, certainly a player like Texas' DT Frank Okam would make a lot of sense. Its almost guaranteed that the Chargers will draft a Defensive Lineman in the upcoming draft. Defensive Tackle is Chargers number two need behind Running Back in my mind so it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see the Chargers take a 300 lbs monster in the first round.

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November 7, 2007

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