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LB English shines, putting pressure on left tackle

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - With every burst linebacker Larry English provides from the right side, the San Diego Chargers aren't sure whether to be pleased or disappointed.

Not in English, a second-year pro eager to improve on his two-sack season of last year.

But with each sack or near sack by English in training camp, it's obvious the Chargers have issues at left tackle. With Marcus McNeill holding out in a contract dispute, and Tra Thomas sidelined after arthroscopic knee surgery, English has been shining.

Plus, with Shawne Merriman also holding out, English is getting additional reps during training camp.

It was a steep learning curve for English in 2009. Used to playing defensive end with a hand on the ground at Northern Illinois, English was asked to stand tall and shoot in from the outside linebacker's position. English says that turned out to be a big change.

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