Schottenheimer: Wideout has grasped system

Updated: October 22, 2004, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- 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.

Keenan McCardell

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 come along and had no problems at all."

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

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

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