This times, Chargers will feel at home on MNF

first_imgA hot Santa Ana wind was blowing out of the desert last week, and the eastern horizon was hazy with smoke from backcountry wildfires. “Keep our fingers crossed,” San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Two years ago this month, the Chargers were set to play their first home Monday night game since 1996, against the Miami Dolphins. It would be a homecoming for Miami’s Ricky Williams, and Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau would be facing the team that unceremoniously dumped him several months earlier. But with three deadly wildfires burning out of control in San Diego County, Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot was turned into an evacuation center. The game had to be moved to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. “It was tough, especially because of all of the things that were going on back here,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “It was tough to go over to Arizona, for one, and then two, to play football.” Some players lived in neighborhoods that were evacuated. John Hinek, the Chargers’ director of business operations, lost his home in one of the fires, then had to arrange the logistics of getting the team to Tempe on short notice. The Chargers played poorly, losing 26-10. Brees threw three interceptions and was sacked six times. “It was terrible, just because we were sitting there at 1-5, for one,” Brees said. Barber inadvertently punches official Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber inadvertently punched umpire Butch Hannah in the eye when he swung at New York Jets center Kevin Mawae during an altercation in the second quarter of their game Sunday. After the Jets got the ball on the Buccaneers 8 on Ty Law’s second interception of the season, Curtis Martin rushed for 3 yards. After the play, Mawae and Barber got into it. While the two were yelling at each other, Barber took a swing at Mawae with his right hand – but missed and landed a punch to Hannah’s right eye. Hannah was sent sprawling to the field, holding his face, but he got up quickly. Barber was flagged for unnecessary roughness but not ejected. “It was two guys with their triple testosterone running high, acting like idiots,” Barber said. “I’m a feisty dude and he’s a feisty dude.” Infirmary report Najeh Davenport earned the game ball from Packers coach Mike Sherman after his two-touchdown performance. He probably won’t get his hands on another ball this season. Davenport, in his second career start, broke his right ankle after being dragged down from behind by linebacker Courtney Watson on a 2-yard reception with 2:40 left in the first half. Davenport’s ankle was pinned underneath, and he didn’t put any weight on his right leg when he was helped off the field. … Atlanta linebacker Edgerton Hartwell may be lost for the season after injuring his right Achilles’ tendon. Hartwell was helped off the field late in the third quarter abd was carted to the locker room, his right foot dangling from the side. …. Jets backup running back Derrick Blaylock is out for the year after breaking his foot against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. … Browns rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards remained hospitalized following surgery to treat an infection in his right arm. Browns coach Romeo Crennel said the first-round draft pick took part in the team’s walkthrough Saturday. Afterward, Edwards, who had cuts and scrapes on his arm, noticed that it was swollen and showed team doctors, who admitted him to the Cleveland Clinic. Edwards underwent a surgical procedure Saturday night to have the infection cleaned out, Crennel said. … Seattle Seahawks strong safety Michael Boulware was removed from the field on a stretcher midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams after hurting his lower back. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays. Boulware, a second-round draft pick in the 2004 draft, was down for several minutes after Rams guard Tom Nutten blocked him and then fell on him with 7:08 to go. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Chargers know all about wildfires and October games. As they prepared to host their first Monday night game in nine seasons tonight, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they were keenly aware of what was going on around them. Fortunately for all involved, last week’s fires weren’t catastrophic. last_img read more