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Tom Telesco: 'Injuries play huge part in evaluating'

San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco feels that identifying injury problems is becoming more and more a crucial part of evaluating players.

San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco believes that identifying potential injury problems plays a huge part in evaluating prospects ahead of the NFL Draft.

The Chargers have seen former first-round picks Larry English and Shawne Merriman careers with the club ended quickly by persistent injury problems.

Telesco has admitted that the club are looking at the long-term picture when now selecting players.

He told reporters: "All the work he does throughout the year is extremely important. Football is a physical game, and guys get hurt at our level just like they get hurt in college.

"As we make decisions on players, we have to project how long do we think they'll be able to play. So if a guy has an injury that may shorten his career, that's something we have to know."

The Chargers hold the 25th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Larry English #52 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a sack of Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on August 24, 2012
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