If San Diego coach Norv Turner wanted to stir things up in the Raiders-Chargers rivalry, he could sneak over to his neighbor’s house in upscale Del Mar, Calif., and stick a “Go Chargers” sign in the front yard or even paint a lightning bolt on the garage door.
Carson Palmer could get back at Turner in the offseason by putting a Raiders sticker on Turner’s car, or maybe paint his mailbox silver and black.
This long, bitter rivalry has seen many things over the years, from the Holy Roller to brawls in the stands to LaDainian Tomlinson tormenting the Black Hole.
But a neighborly touch?
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It’ll have one tonight at Qualcomm Stadium thanks to Palmer getting jolted out of his semi-retirement in Southern California via a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Raiders.
“We’re not very far from each other,” Turner said. “They can hear our dogs bark, and I can every once in a while hear their kids either laughing or crying.”
After promising starts, the Raiders and Chargers are tied at 4-4 with Kansas City atop the mediocre AFC West. The Raiders are 0-2 since getting Palmer, who will be making his second start and third appearance. The Chargers have lost three straight after the fastest start in Turner’s five-year tenure with San Diego.
After tonight, either Turner or Palmer will have bragging rights in their seaside burg. However, those could ultimately go to another Del Mar resident, Aaron Rodgers, whose undefeated Packers beat the Chargers, 45-38, on Sunday and face the Raiders on Dec. 11 in Green Bay.
KOLB TO PLAY IN PAIN
Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb cherishes the thought of returning to Philadelphia to lead the Cardinals against his former team Sunday.
While a right turf toe injury could stand in his way, Kolb acknowledges this is no ordinary game to him, and that means his pain tolerance will be higher than usual.
Kolb says he wants to play against the Eagles “at all cost.” He started seven games in four seasons with the Eagles before they granted him his wish and traded him to Arizona before this season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth off waivers Wednesday, one day after the two-time Pro Bowl selection was released by the New England Patriots. … Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has drawn a $5,000 fine from the NFL for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night’s 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. … The Washington Redskins signed former Seahawks tackle Tyler Polumbus to the 53-man roster, while tight end Fendi Onobun and cornerback Brandyn Thompson, who was waived Tuesday, were added to the practice squad. … Tennessee Titans safety Chris Hope returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since breaking his left forearm Oct. 2. … The St. Louis Rams activated wide receiver Mark Clayton from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and third-string quarterback Tom Bradstater was released. … New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress (stiff lower back), kick returner Joe McKnight (toe injury) and safety Brodney Pool (left knee) did not practice Wednesday.