SAN DIEGO – For a second straight day, San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers did not practice because of a groin injury, putting his availability for Sunday’s contest against his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs, in jeopardy.
Along with Flowers, inside linebacker Manti Te'o (foot), outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice for a second day in a row.
But for the first time since suffering a broken foot in a Week 3 contest at Buffalo, Te’o did some work on the field during practice.
Center Rich Ohrnberger also did not practice on Thursday after being a full participant on Wednesday. Ohrnberger has been dealing with a lingering back issue and could have been taking a rest day on Thursday.
However, if Ohrnberger is not available for the third time in four weeks, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the team is pleased with the development of the backup center, rookie Chris Watt.
“I feel real comfortable with Chris at center,” Reich said. “Every week at this stage with a guy that young, you grow and become more confident in making all of the calls and hearing all the calls. We just expect huge upside from him, certainly at guard, but even at center.”
Along with Ohrnberger at center, Watt continues to split time during games at right guard with Johnnie Troutman.
A limited participant on Wednesday, Wright (knee) was a full participant on Thursday. Verrett (shoulder) was a limited participant.