Linebacker Donald Butler back at practice

SAN DIEGO -- For the first time in a month, San Diego Chargers middle linebacker Donald Butler was in full pads and working with the first group in individual drills during the early portion of practice on Wednesday.

Butler has missed the past three games with a nagging groin issue, but appears to have a chance to get back on the field when the Denver Broncos travel to San Diego.

Slot receiver Eddie Royal (toe) again was not out on the field during the early portion of practice. Royal hasn’t practiced leading up to San Diego’s past two games, but still played.

Offensive lineman Chad Rinehart (toe) was out at practice today. Rinehart has missed the past five games with a toe injury. During the early portion of practice he worked a right guard with the second unit. Johnnie Troutman continued to work with the first unit at left guard. Offensive lineman Mike Remmers worked with trainers on the side. Remmers missed last week’s Washington game with an ankle injury.