CALI FIRES CANCEL CHARGERS PRACTICE; IS GAME NEXT?: Ongoing wildfires throughout Southern California have snuffed out practice for the Chargers - and may burn out next week’s game against the Texans.
The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE reports that coach Norv Turner met with players on Monday, and decided to cancel practice and send everyone home.
For some of the Chargers, that wasn’t much of an option, as a dozen players have already left their houses, with others getting ready to move out before the flames come.
Lineman Luis Castillo got to packing at his Poway home, as fires were raging throughout the San Diego area. While gazing at the sky filling with more and more smoke, Castillo commented, “It’s not looking good.”
The blazes may also effect the Chargers’ next home game. The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that Sunday’s game against the Texans may be moved to a different site.
The NFL has made no official decision yet, but there is a chance the teams may meet somewhere else, most likely in Arizona.
At the moment, the Chargers’ home field, Qualcomm Stadium, is busy being used as an evacuation station for those fleeing the fires. The NORTH COUNTY TIMES reports that a few thousand people have already shown up at the stadium, including many senior citizens.
Almost exactly four years ago, the Chargers had to move their home game against Miami to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, when similar smoke from familiar fires was filling the San Diego region.
But if the Bolts must bolt for Phoenix, at least there’ll be better accommodations this time.