Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cason has surgery on right index finger


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason had surgery on his fractured right index finger on Monday, leaving him in ``good position to be ready for the season,'' coach Norv Turner said.

Turner said it's not known yet whether Cason, who fractured the finger in defending a pass Sunday, will be available for the team's initial two preseason games.

``Cason will be fine,'' Turner said.

A first-round pick in 2008, Cason is coming off his first season as a full-time starter.

On Monday, rookies Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright got some of Cason's snaps.

Turner praised Gilchrist, a second-round draft pick out of Clemson.

``I like everything that Gilchrist has done,'' he said.

``One thing that's jumped out - and I think it's a starting point for corners - is he's shown he's very physical. He's come up and filled the run. He's been very aggressive.''

Veteran Dante Hughes, who can start practicing on Thursday, will also get extra work.

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