Highlights from Chargers’ joint practice with Saints on Friday
A brief look at the Chargers’ joint training-camp practice with the Saints on Friday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex:
Running back Austin Ekeler scored on a red-zone catch-and-run, sticking the ball over the pylon before being knocked out of bounds — a play that sparked cheers on the Chargers’ sideline. Ekeler also had another impressive touchdown on Thursday, and is arguably the most natural pass-catcher among reserve tailbacks.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound back went undrafted out of Western State Colorado University, a Division II program where he set career records with 5,857 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns.
Left tackle Russell Okung returned to practice after sitting out Thursday with a minor ankle injury, but was limited to individual drills. Right tackle Joe Barksdale, who appeared to injure his ankle Thursday, was held out and wore a protective boot over his right foot.
“We got a game, those guys would probably be playing,” Coach Anthony Lynn said. “But now is the time to take care of those guys, let them rest and let them get well.”
Cornerback Craig Mager remains sidelined with a soft-tissue injury that has limited him most of training camp.
Linebacker Denzel Perryman, who underwent ankle surgery Tuesday, returned to the sideline on crutches to watch practice. He is expected to miss at least two months.
With Okung and Barksdale held out of team drills, Tyreek Burwell and Chris Hairston got first-team reps at left and right tackle, respectively. Third-round pick Dan Feeney got a few snaps as the Chargers’ starting right guard, but is still practicing mostly as the team’s backup center.
Undrafted linebacker Nigel Harris got snaps with starters when the Chargers ran their nickel defense.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m going to raise my kids with his kids. We’re going to go on vacations together. That’s my brother. I’m glad to see him out there today.”
— Saints linebacker Manti Te’o on former teammate Denzel Perryman, who returned to the Chargers’ sideline Friday after undergoing ankle surgery this week
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