SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers broke training camp on Thursday, saying they'd accomplished what they set out to do under the hot summer sun.

All breaking camp really means is that the veterans don't have to stay in the team hotel anymore, and the Chargers will follow their regular-season schedule, which means practices are closed to the media.

Rookie running back Melvin Gordon practiced briefly Thursday and then watched the rest of the workout to rest his sprained right ankle. He said he expects to play in Saturday night's exhibition game at Arizona.

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Once the season starts, the Chargers hope to fare better in the AFC West. They have consecutive third-place finishes under coach Mike McCoy.

Naturally, quarterback Philip Rivers expects better.

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