Of­fi­cials keep­ing an eye on air qual­ity in Oakland

Los Angeles Times - - NFL WEEK 6 - By Dan Woike dan.woike@la­times.com Twit­ter: @DanWoikeS­ports

The Charg­ers are sure they’ll play the Raiders on Sun­day. They’re not sure where they’ll play them.

As fires in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s wine coun­try con­tinue to burn, air qual­ity con­cerns in the Bay Area have the NFL mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity the game could be re­lo­cated.

“As far as I know, we’re go­ing up to Oakland,” Charg­ers coach An­thony Lynn said Thurs­day be­fore prac­tice. “We’re play­ing up there. I know they have fires up there and the air’s pol­luted. But will it be clean by the time we play? I don’t know.”

Play­ing in Oakland seems like the most re­al­is­tic op­tion de­spite con­di­tions that had some Raiders play­ers wear­ing masks over their mouths dur­ing their prac­tice Thurs­day.

Mov­ing the game is com­pli­cated for a num­ber of rea­sons.

The game needs to be played in an NFL-equipped venue, one set up for the league’s broad­cast­ers and in­stant re­play sys­tems. The teams can’t swap home games be­cause the Galaxy have a match sched­uled for Sun­day at StubHub Cen­ter.

The teams can’t play on Mon­day night be­cause the Raiders are al­ready sched­uled for a short week with a game against the Kansas City Chiefs set for Thurs­day.

Op­tions such as the San Fran­cisco 49ers home, Levi’s Sta­dium in Santa Clara, or the Coli­seum in Los An­ge­les could host a game on short no­tice. The mayor of San Diego even vol­un­teered the city’s hos­pi­tal­ity.

Mov­ing games be­cause of con­di­tions isn’t un­prece­dented. In 2003, fires in San Diego County forced the team to play Mi­ami in Ari­zona. In 2014, a snow­storm moved a Jets-Bills game to Detroit.

Play­ers dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing in an al­ter­nate venue, though they in­sisted that chat­ter doesn’t af­fect their prepa­ra­tion.

“It’s not af­fect­ing me at all,” Charg­ers de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa said.

The as­sump­tion by many is the NFL would have to an­nounce a venue change by Fri­day morn­ing at the lat­est.

“We’re just get­ting ready to play in Oakland,” Lynn said. “If they make us play some­where else, we’ll do that.”

Mike check

Mo­men­tum for firstround pick Mike Wil­liams con­tin­ues to build, as Lynn con­tin­ued to say Wil­liams’ prac­tice work­load will in­crease.

But Wil­liams, who has been out with a lower back in­jury es­sen­tially since he was drafted No. 7, still hasn’t been listed as a full par­tic­i­pant in a prac­tice.

His sta­tus for Sun­day’s game with the Raiders will be de­ter­mined Fri­day, Lynn said.

“His role [in prac­tice] is still lim­ited,” Lynn said. “The guy hasn’t played foot­ball since Jan­uary, so I’m not just go­ing to throw him in there his first day in full pads.”

If Wil­liams can play against the Raiders, he won’t be given a full work­load.

“It would be a low snap count,” Lynn said. “He’s not ready to play a full game, I don’t be­lieve that. But we’ll have a small role for him.”


The Charg­ers’ rush­ing de­fense, the NFL’s worst, will get tested by one of the NFL’s most phys­i­cal run­ners of the last decade in Mar­shawn Lynch. One player who’d have been of great use Sun­day, Den­zel Per­ry­man, is on the in­jured re­serve list af­ter pre­sea­son an­kle surgery. De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gus Bradley said Per­ry­man, who can re­turn off in­jured re­serve af­ter the team’s game in New Eng­land in Week 8, is look­ing like he’ll be ready. “You see him mov­ing around a lit­tle more,” Bradley said. “I don’t know when we’re gonna get him back, but he’s start­ing now to tap me on the shoul­der about try­ing to get in there, so I know he’s get­ting close.” … Charg­ers start­ing right tackle Joe Barks­dale, who was lim­ited in Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice, didn’t par­tic­i­pate in Thurs­day’s full­padded work­out. … Wide re­ceiver Don­trelle In­man (ham­string) was up­graded to a full par­tic­i­pant Thurs­day.

Ed Mulholland As­so­ci­ated Press

CHARG­ERS DE­FEN­SIVE END Joey Bosa reaches to re­cover a fum­ble against the Gi­ants. Bosa says talk of re­lo­cat­ing Sun­day’s game isn’t af­fect­ing him.

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