It’s going to be vanilla vs. vanilla when the San Diego Chargers host the Arizona Cardinals tonight.
For starters, there will be few, if any, starters on the field for the final exhibition.
Second, these teams meet again in the season opener on Sept. 8, so they’re not about to give anything away.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano called it “a very unique situation we are in” to face the Cardinals twice in 12 days, even though the first one means nothing. “But it gives us a chance to really prepare for them” for the opener.
As usual, coach Mike McCoy won’t say which Bolts will start, although it’s a good bet it’ll be almost all backups.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians said starters, with a few exceptions, won’t play.
Rookie Logan Thomas will play the whole game at quarterback for Arizona.
The fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech has a cannon arm but has had problems with accuracy at training camp. Then in the opener against Houston, he completed 11 of 12 for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Gordon still suspended
Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.
The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
Around the league
Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a three-year contract extension through 2017 that will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million. … The Cardinals have signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by New England. … Tennessee has agreed to terms with defensive lineman Jurrell Casey on a multi-year contract extension. … Authorities say a bus taking the Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel was involved in an accident, but no one on the bus was hurt. … DeMarcus Ware won’t play in his first visit to Dallas almost six months after the Cowboys released their franchise sack leader and he signed with Denver.