L.A. Chargers to open practice on Thursday in Santa Clarita, Calif.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 16 (UPI) — The Los Angeles Chargers opened their training camp Thursday in Southern California, a day after they were suspended from the NFL.

The Chargers were placed on indefinite suspension on Wednesday after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, which has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

The NFL announced Friday that the Chargers would begin practicing on Thursday.

The club said it will open practice in Southern Los Angeles.

“We’ve been working hard over the last several weeks to make sure that our players are fully prepared to compete in the NFL and that they can get ready to compete,” said Chargers owner Dean Spanos.

“I believe we’re in a good place for the long term.”

Spanos said he hopes to return to Los Angeles for training camp, which began Friday.