A woman holding a football in one hand and pen in the other approached a Chargers player last month at a charity function.

She asked the player if he was somebody else.

No, he said politely. That's one of his teammates.

"My name is Shareece Wright," the cornerback added and autographed the ball undeterred.

Wright knows he lost a chance to properly introduce himself to the NFL last year, derailed by a fluke ankle and foot injury suffered on the season-opening kickoff. He gets another chance now, taking first-team reps throughout offseason workouts while expected to serve as the Chargers' starting right cornerback in 2013 opposite Derek Cox.

The 26-year-old Wright has been patient.

He barely saw the field in 2011 as a rookie. Last season, following the injury, he didn't take a defensive snap until Week 9 and finished with only 120 such reps. That is about two full games' worth that, for Wright, were divided over the final nine games.

No need to be patient anymore.

He is healthy. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, once starters ahead of him, are gone via free agency.

"I feel like this is the right time," Wright said. "I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity at this point. ... It's working out the way it's supposed to work out, just working my way in. I don't know how many people expected me to come in as a third-round draft pick and start over an 11-year vet and a four-year vet or anything like that. I had high expectations for myself, but I knew one day my opportunity would come. I've just got to be ready."

Last season was supposed to be Wright's opportunity.

When derailed, he initially was in denial.

The former USC cornerback had momentum. He was coming off a preseason in which, over two games, he totaled eight tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception returned 73 yards. He won the Chargers' nickel corner job, a jump in responsibility after playing four defensive snaps as a rookie.

In Week 1, Wright chased the opening kickoff in Oakland, and his right foot got caught in the grass when making the tackle.

The damage included a high-ankle sprain and turf toe, forcing him to be inactive the next several weeks.

A couple plays after the kickoff, it was third down, and Wright was called to re-enter the game in the nickel package.

"I attempted to run onto the field because I didn't not want to be out there," said Wright, who made it about four yards before turning around. "I couldn't. It (stunk). I knew something was wrong when it happened. I just didn't want to believe it at first. One of those freak accidents."

Maybe, he said, it was a blessing in disguise.

Or at least, he found some value in sitting out and watching, able to further study Jammer's physicality and Cason's technique as an off-corner and apply those strengths into his own game.

This wouldn't be Wright's first comeback from adversity. He suffered a neck fracture in 2008 when tackling then-Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Prior in the second game of the season. That injury forced Wright, a junior starter, to miss the rest of the campaign.