Four days before a crucial game in Indianapolis, nine players didn’t practice for San Diego on Wednesday. Once again, standout quarterback Philip Rivers saw many of his top weapons on the sideline.
Star tight end Antonio Gates (foot) and starting receiver Malcom Floyd (hamstring) were among the missing as was key receiver Patrick Crayton, who may miss several games with a wrist injury suffered Monday night in a win over Denver. The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Crayton underwent wrist surgery and the team hopes he is back mid-December.
Receiver Legedu Naanee, however, was practicing fully after missing more than a month with a hamstring injury. Barring a setback, the starting receivers Sunday night at the Colts could be Naanee and Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson, who is eligible to play for the first time since ending his holdout last month. Gates could still play, but it he’ll need to make improvements in the next few days. His backup, Randy McMichael, also didn’t practice because of a hamstring injury he suffered Monday night.
Rookie running back Ryan Mathews was still out with an ankle injury. Mike Tolbert ran for 111 yard against Denver in Mathews place. The team is still hopeful that Mathew can play. Guard Louis Vasquez didn’t practice with a neck injury.