Casey Hayward starts for Chargers defense less than a week after brother’s death – Orange County Register

CARSON — A few minutes before kickoff on Sunday, Casey Hayward walked down the StubHub Center sideline, shaking hands with every teammate he could reach.

The Chargers cornerback had lost his younger brother six days earlier, a victim of a car crash roughly an hour south of Atlanta. After spending most of the week at home in Georgia, Hayward decided to join his second family.

“I’m better when I’m out here,” he said. “Better when I’m on the field. … My teammates here, these guys are like my brothers. Anything for those guys.”

The Chargers beat the winless Browns 19-10, winning their third straight game and moving into a first-place tie in the AFC West. They did so with an assist from Hayward, a Pro Bowl defender who was back in the starting lineup despite attending a funeral two days earlier.

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