Eric D. Williams, ESPN Staff Writer 16d

Chargers LB Jatavis Brown questionable, RB Branden Oliver out

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- As expected, linebacker Jatavis Brown returned to practice on Friday after giving his ankle a rest during the week.

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn listed Brown as questionable and said his playing status will be a game-time decision on Sunday when the Bolts hit the road to take on the New York Giants.

Brown leads the Chargers with a combined 41 tackles, good enough for second in the NFL. If Brown can't go, Lynn said Nick Dzubnar would start and wear the green dot as the player with the radio communication on the field.

"I'm going to watch the tape here in a minute and see how he practiced today," Lynn said. "But we rested him on Wednesday and Thursday, so today [Friday] and tomorrow [Saturday] will be big for him."

The same cannot be said for running back Branden Oliver, who missed all week with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out, along with rookie receiver Mike Williams (back).

With Oliver not available, undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler should get more time and touches on Sunday.

"He's given looks for the other team, and then when he's gotten his opportunities, he's made the most of them," Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said about Ekeler. "It's a credit to him and the way he's worked. You're excited for the young man because he's a shining example for young guys, to show them this is how you have to work."

Also, with Oliver out, Lynn said running back Andre Williams could be promoted from the practice squad to the active roster to play against his former team, the New York Giants.

Along with Brown, right tackle Joe Barksdale (foot), tight end Sean McGrath (foot) and receiver Tyrell Williams (neck) are listed as questionable.

Lynn said Williams is expected to play. If Barksdale can't go, Michael Schofield would make his second start of the season.

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