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Chargers | Team hoping not to rush McNeill’s development

Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the San Diego Chargers are hoping not to rush rookie OT Marcus McNeill into the starting lineup. The team's ability to be patient revolves around the left foot of OT Roman Oben (foot), who has had two offseason surgeries to repair damage more severe than it was initially thought when he went down in the middle of last season. Should Oben return to full strength in time to be the team's starting left tackle for the season opener, it will allow McNeill time to watch and learn with the likely goal of him assuming the starting job in 2007. Should Oben, who most likely will not meaningfully test his foot until late July, not return in time, McNeill becomes not just the future but the present at one of the most important positions on the offense.

2006-05-15 05:43:49 | Source:

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