Valuable reserve tackle
The team did not disclose Hairston's illness. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Hairston, who played left and right tackle, was sitting at his locker in the team's Costa Mesa training facility when reporters were allowed in before Wednesday's practice.
"I'm fine," Hairston, 28, said, "but I don't want to talk about it. That will be about it."
Hairston did not respond when asked if his condition was life-threatening.
On Tuesday, Hairston tweeted, "Dr. said I had blood clots, but I ain't Jamaican, man," the lyrics from a Kanye West song.
A source familiar with Hairston's situation but not authorized to speak about it publicly confirmed that the issue was a blood clot, or blood clots.
"It stinks, but what doesn't stink is the fact that Chris is still alive," right tackle
"First and foremost, we're happy he's OK."
Hairston replaced the injured Barksdale in the third quarter of Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the
"He was more than a swing tackle," coach Anthony Lynn said. "This guy is a high-character young man who works hard and sets a good example for everybody in that locker room. We're gonna miss him."
Hairston will be replaced at reserve tackle by rookie Sam Tevi, a 6-5, 315-pound sixth-round pick from Utah. The Chargers also signed Tyler Marz, a 6-7, 316-pound tackle, from the
The Chargers on Sunday will face a
The Chiefs (2-0) have 11 sacks for a loss of 66 yards, four by linebacker
"You have to prepare for everyone, whether it's a high school or college team coming in, like they're the best team in the world," said Tevi, who did not play in the first two games. "Kansas City is good, but we're also good."
"He's come a long way," Whisenhunt said. "There's no question from a physical standpoint that he has the talent. It's his turn now, so he has to be prepared."
On the run
Lynn entered his first season as a head coach determined to stick with the running game, the strength of his offenses in eight years as a
Lynn and Whisenhunt showed an ability to adapt Sunday when the Dolphins pinched the linebackers in their 3-4 scheme close to the line, stifling the Chargers run game and daring them to pass.
After Gordon was held for no gain or tackled for a loss on three of his first four carries, the Chargers switched to a no-huddle offense in the second quarter.
Rivers hit receiver
"I want to do whatever it takes to move the ball," Lynn said. "When we got into our no-huddle, it slowed the pass rush and gave Philip a chance to get the ball in the hands of our playmakers. … I don't want to stop that just to run the football."
Lynn considers a short pass to Gordon in space "an extended run," and if that's what it takes to get Gordon involved, he won't force-feed him with handoffs.
"Each week, that formula may change," Lynn said. "I've always been a coach who takes whatever the defense gives you. But I do believe, at some point, you're gonna have to run the football to win. The running game will travel, in all types of weather. You can't always pass the ball."
Reid, the AFC coach for last January’s
"That was neat," Reid said on a conference call Wednesday. "He's juggling a lot of things, but he does it very well. He's a good dad, a good football player and a spiritual guy."
Center Spencer Pulley, who played every offensive snap in the first two games, sat out practice because of a knee injury. Reserve safety Rayshawn Jenkins, who sat out last week because of a concussion, was a full participant in practice. Reserve defensive end Jerry Attaochu was not on the injury report for the first time. Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford was limited because of a shoulder injury.