Lissemore mentally preparing for Cardinals

SAN DIEGO -- Sean Lissemore, the projected starter at nose tackle for the San Diego Chargers, practiced for a second straight day and appears on track to play for the first time in nearly a month in his team’s season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lissemore suffered an ankle injury on a cut block by tight end Zach Miller in San Diego’s second preseason game, against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 15. He practiced for the first time on Monday, and was a full participant during individual drills in the early portion of practice for the Chargers on Tuesday.

The Chargers are not required by the NFL to release an injury report until Thursday this week.

If Lissemore can’t play, rookie Ryan Carrethers and new addition Ricardo Mathews would be options to start at nose tackle.

“I’m feeling good,” Lissemore said. “I’m working my way back into practice and just trying to get healthy. I’m mentally preparing, where I can’t get any reps at some points. So I just watch the guys, and get those mental reps, which is really important.

“Arizona is a heck of a team, across the board. So we have to be prepared in all phases.”

Inside linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) and defensive end Lawrence Guy (shoulder) also practiced for a second straight day on Tuesday. Safety Jahleel Addae (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Davis (unknown) did not practice for a second straight day.

Chargers name captains: San Diego coach Mike McCoy announced his team’s captains, voted on by the players, on Tuesday. Quarterback Philip Rivers and center Nick Hardwick are once again the captains on offense, while safety Eric Weddle and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson are the captains on defense. Darrell Stuckey is the special teams captain. The only difference from last season is inside linebacker Donald Butler served as a captain in 2013.

McCoy credited the veteran leadership on the team for helping the Chargers get through some adversity and ultimately make the playoffs last season.

“The veterans on your team are the leaders of the team,” McCoy said. “They take control of things. It’s not always coaching. Players have to be held accountable to one another. And when you have good leaders, it makes everything a lot easier.”

Added Weddle: “For them to vote for me is something I hold as a high regard. I don’t take it for granted. I try to do things as best as I can, on and off of the field. And for them to recognize that, it means the world to me.”