CARSON, Calif. (AP) - San Diego Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie was back where he's most comfortable: on a football field.
On Thursday, the 41-year-old Flutie participated in his first full practice since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Aug. 5.
"It was fun," said Flutie, the Chargers' backup behind Drew Brees with rookie Philip Rivers unsigned. "It was nice to get back out there and feel like
I belong. I was on the outside looking in for about 2 weeks."
Flutie showed a few signs of the layoff, although he easily moved the Chargers' offense during the 11-on-11 drill.
"I had a couple balls slip out of my hand, but that was mostly because of my feet on the shorter, timing routes," Flutie said. "On the upfield stuff,
where I was letting things develop, I threw the ball very well."
Coach Marty Schottenheimer was impressed with Flutie's performance. But he wouldn't commit to Flutie playing in Saturday night's exhibition game
against the Arizona Cardinals.
"We might get him a little bit of time, but what I want to do is make sure we don't have any setbacks with the thing," Schottenheimer said.
Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner who's in his 20th pro training camp, is excited to play.
"I want to be on the field to prove that I still belong and I can help the team," said Flutie, who went 2-3 as a starter last year and gave the
Chargers half their victory total.
"But missing camp time might benefit a quarterback trying to cheat Father Time.
"It's been very frustrating being hurt, sitting back and watching. But also, it's been good in the fact that I'm not beating myself up. I got to let
my knee heal and there's no wear and tear on my arm and my feet feel good. So I will go into the season healthy."