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Russell Will Start for the Chargers

August 31, 1996|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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