The Chargers are missing a key piece of their offense with two-time Pro Bowl OLT Marcus McNeill continuing a holdout that likely will extend deep into the regular season. But even though his absence — along with the sudden retirement of Tra Thomas — has left San Diego incredibly thin at a critical position, the organization doesn't seem overly concerned about it. From what we hear, the Bolts are confident that second-year player Brandyn Dombrowski can adequately step into McNeill's shoes. Among Dombrowski's supporters are head coach Norv Turner and QB Philip Rivers, who both have been impressed with the lineman's preseason performance. Although the undrafted San Diego State product started eight games in 2009, he saw almost all his time on the right side, so he has minimal experience protecting the passer's blind side. He'll need to stay healthy, though, as his only current backup is Tyronne Green, a guard/center the Chargers drafted last year and have had to convert to left tackle of out necessity.
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