Russell Will Start for the Chargers

Associated Press

Leonard Russell will be the starting running back for the San Diego Chargers in Sunday's season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

"He was just a little bit more emphatic in his cuts and his decision-making seemed quicker," Coach Bobby Ross said Friday. "He just ran with a little bit more authority, and he's a little bit better receiver."

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Russell, a former first-round draft pick, is with his fourth team in four years. The Chargers signed him as a free agent in the off-season.

Aaron Hayden, who started in the Chargers' final five games last year and was the team's second-leading rusher, was supposed to take over for Natrone Means as the featured back.

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