While the San Diego Chargers will likely wait to make the decision, it is looking more and more like Antonio Gates is on his way to missing his second straight game with a nagging foot injury. The star tight end did not practice for the second straight day. I could see Gates sitting out until after the Chargers’ Oct. 16 bye. San Diego hosts Miami on Sunday and plays at Denver in Week 5.
The Chargers are dealing with several injuries. Receiver Malcom Floyd (groin), receiver Vincent Jackson (abdomen), cornerback Quentin Jammer (hamstring), running back Ryan Mathews (foot) all didn’t practice. That is a lot of missing firepower, but we’ll find out more Friday when the Chargers release their injury report. The battered team did get some good news. Rookie defensive end Corey Liuget practiced fully Thursday. He missed last week with an ankle injury.
In other AFC West news Thursday evening:
Oakland safety Michael Huff missed practice Thursday. He suffered a concussion against the Jets. It is not known whether he’ll play Sunday against the Patriots or not. The Raiders will need his presence against the pass-happy Patriots.
Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said Thursday that he expects Wesley Woodyard to continue to play even if D.J. Williams is ready to play. Williams has been dealing with an elbow injury since the preseason. Woodward has been a tackling machine in Williams’ absence. Still, I’d expect Denver to find playing time for a healthy Williams. One of those two players likely play in nickel situations, which means they would both be on the field together often.
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said he is close to being able play. He has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. He has been limited in practice this week.