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October 20, 1992 | Associated Press
One day after rushing for a career-high 150 yards in San Diego's 34-14 victory over Indianapolis, Charger running back Rod Bernstine underwent surgery on his separated left shoulder and could be out for at least six weeks. Starting in place of injured Marion Butts, Bernstine scored two touchdowns. He was hurt in the fourth quarter. Butts hyperextended a knee against Seattle on Oct. 4. He is expected back Sunday when the Chargers (2-4) play host to the Denver Broncos (5-2).
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December 28, 1993 | Associated Press
Rod Bernstine, the Denver Broncos' leading rusher with 816 yards, will undergo surgery this week on his dislocated right shoulder and will sit out the rest of the season, including the playoffs. Bernstine, who also caught 44 passes for 372 yards, injured his shoulder while diving in an attempt for extra yardage in the first quarter of Sunday's 17-10 loss to Tampa Bay. Despite losing, the Broncos earned a wild-card playoff berth.
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November 15, 1990 | DON PATTERSON
Rod Bernstine's hamstring is still bothering him, which probably means Ronnie Harmon will get increased playing time at running back for the second week in a row when the Chargers (5-5) play Sunday at Kansas City. Coach Dan Henning said he wasn't sure if Bernstine would be able to play, though Bernstine said he felt a lot better in practice Wednesday than he did last week, when he could barely walk.
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March 14, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Denver Broncos signed free agent Rod Bernstine to a contract that a source close to the negotiations said will pay the running back $4.6 million over three years, making him the third-highest-paid running back in the NFL behind Thurman Thomas and Neil Anderson. In six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Bernstine, 6 feet 3 and 238 pounds, has averaged nearly 5 yards per carry.
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October 27, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Tight end Rod Bernstine, who missed the San Diego Chargers' last two games with a knee sprain, says he'll be out another couple of weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage. "They detected a little tear, and it will set me back for three weeks or so," Bernstine said after Thursday's surgery.
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March 14, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Denver Broncos signed free agent Rod Bernstine to a contract that a source close to the negotiations said will pay the running back $4.6 million over three years, making him the third-highest-paid running back in the NFL behind Thurman Thomas and Neil Anderson. In six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Bernstine, 6 feet 3 and 238 pounds, has averaged nearly 5 yards per carry.
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December 9, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charger Coach Bobby Ross considered Rod Bernstine lost for the season after the running back underwent shoulder surgery Oct. 19, but Bernstine told Ross on Tuesday he is ready to play again. "Yeah, I was surprised a little bit, but I was also feeling good about it," Ross said. "We got to go through the week to see, though. We're not going to say he's going to play yet, and I've told him that. I said let's go out, let's not protect you and see how you handle a blow."
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September 23, 1991 | SCOTT MILLER
Much of the reason Denver defeated the Chargers, 27-19, Sunday was because the Broncos stopped the Charger running game in crucial situations. Not that it was a simple task. It never is when Marion Butts (6-feet-1, 248 pounds) and Rod Bernstine (6-3, 238) come through the line.
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August 3, 1987 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
Top draft choice Rod Bernstine is only $25,000 away from signing a Charger contract, his agent said Sunday. "Listen, $25,000 a year, that's beer money to NFL teams," Ralph Cindrich said. But it's a lot of money to the Chargers, Cindrich said. Asked if Bernstine would be signed any time soon, he said: "It doesn't look very good. "(Bernstine) has shown his commitment to the organization. Do you know how many first-round rookies show up for preseason drills? Not many, but he did.
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January 11, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS
Charger running back Rod Bernstine, who rushed for three touchdowns in the team's 38-30 victory over Miami last season, did not put on a uniform Sunday. Bernstine injured his ankle on his first carry against Kansas City in last week's playoff game and was unable to practice in preparation for the Dolphins. "I just couldn't go," said Bernstine, who did not attempt to run before the game. "It wasn't ready."
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December 12, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
The Chargers placed running back Peter Tuipulotu on injured reserve Friday to make room on their roster for running back Rod Bernstine. Bernstine, who underwent shoulder surgery Oct. 19, has practiced without a problem this week. He said he remains "anxious" at the prospect of taking a hit on his repaired shoulder, but he said he came out of a collision with a defensive back in practice this week feeling no pain. "I just got to get a real hit now; no buddy-buddy thing," Bernstine said.
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December 9, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charger Coach Bobby Ross considered Rod Bernstine lost for the season after the running back underwent shoulder surgery Oct. 19, but Bernstine told Ross on Tuesday he is ready to play again. "Yeah, I was surprised a little bit, but I was also feeling good about it," Ross said. "We got to go through the week to see, though. We're not going to say he's going to play yet, and I've told him that. I said let's go out, let's not protect you and see how you handle a blow."
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October 20, 1992 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day after their second victory in a row, the Chargers hardly wanted Keoki Kamau spotlighted. But there the team's trainer was, detailing the Chargers' injury situation in two Monday press conferences. The news is not good, but it could have been worse. Running back Rod Bernstine is out a minimum of six weeks, possibly the season, with a dislocated shoulder. Defensive end Leslie O'Neal suffered damaged cartilage in his right knee that needs surgery, but he is only expected to miss one game.
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October 19, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
The Chargers elected not to play running back Marion Butts because he's been bothered by a sore knee. After Coach Bobby Ross learned Rod Bernstine would be lost from four to six weeks, he said, "That was a blessing keeping Butts out." The Chargers also have running back Eric Bieniemy, and he looked every bit as good as those playing ahead of him Sunday. He ran 10 times for 48 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown.
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October 19, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the kind of electrifying performance that inspires a team to surpass its expectations, and then they had to deliver the bad news to Rod Bernstine. Run after run, cutback after cutback, Bernstine appeared unstoppable. He carried the ball 23 times, gained 150 yards, scored two touchdowns and lifted the Chargers over the Colts, 34-14, in front of 48,552 in the Hoosier Dome. It was Bernstine's first starting assignment, because of Marion Butts' knee injury, and he had wanted it so.
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September 26, 1992
Dear Bobby (Beathard and/or Ross), After watching the game on Sept. 20 (or any other game in the last three years), a few thoughts came to mind. I have been a Charger fan for 15 years and have suffered with you guys through the bad times and enjoyed the good times. As a season ticket-holder, I have seen the end of the Coryell era, the Saunders regime, the Henning Fiasco, and, with much antipication, the beginning of Bobby Ross' tenure. Injuries have been a major factor in producing the poor results of the last few years.
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