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Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn wants quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates at practice, not former LaDainian Tomlinson’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, according to a Sporting News report.
It’s common protocol for NFL coaches to give active players with close relationships to Hall of Fame inductees leeway in missing practice, but Lynn is insistent on the two players participating in the team’s training camp session on Saturday, per the report.
On Saturday, the Chargers will be in their new home at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., for the first time this training camp. The session is only for season-ticket and wait-list members.
With the practice taking place at the same time as the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio, Rivers and Gates would be unable attend both. Another one of Tomlinson’s teammates, Drew Brees, plans to fly to the enshrinement after the Saints’ practice, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Tomlinson played nine seasons with Rivers and Gates from 2001-09 on the then-San Diego Chargers, including on three playoff teams.
The other members of the 2017 Hall of Fame class are Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and Kenny Easley.
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