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MCCARDELL MAY START FOR CHARGERS

Newly acquired wide receiver Keenan McCardell will make his season debut on Sunday and might even start for the San Diego Chargers in their road game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Chargers obtained McCardell from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two draft picks on Tuesday, just before the NFL trading deadline. McCardell was the league's last holdout, skipping the first six games with Tampa Bay because he was unhappy his contract wasn't renegotiated.

"It's not out of the realm of possibility that Keenan starts," coach Marty Schottenheimer said Friday.

"He has some history in this system, but it was a long time ago," Schottenheimer said. "But he has had no problems at all."

If McCardell starts, it will be opposite Eric Parker. Reche Caldwell, San Diego's leading wideout, sustained a season-ending knee injury in last Sunday at Atlanta.

Schottenheimer wasn't sure if former Buffalo wide receiver Bobby Shaw, signed as a free agent on Tuesday, will play against Carolina.

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