Chargers’ Cooper, former UMaine football star, to have surgery

Posted Aug. 23, 2011, at 12:24 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 23, 2011, at 12:41 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Chargers coach Norv Turner said inside linebacker Stephen Cooper will have surgery on a torn biceps muscle and be out for two to three months.

Cooper was hurt in an exhibition victory at Dallas on Sunday night.

“After they do the surgery, we’ll get a more specific number in terms of what they think and then there’s some decisions to be made,” Turner said, according to a report on Chargers.com.

Cooper started the last four seasons for the Chargers, but he was hobbled by injuries to both knees last year. After unsuccessfully testing the free-agent market for big money, he signed with San Diego for the minimum of $810,000.

Turner also said wide receiver Patrick Crayton has bone spurs in an ankle and will have arthroscopic surgery. He’s expected to be out 10 days to two weeks.

Turner says wide receiver Malcom Floyd is fine after being knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Chargers players were off on Monday and Cooper was not available for comment.

The Chargers play at Arizona on Saturday.

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