Steve Gregory back with Chargers

As expected, the San Diego Chargers activated safety Steve Gregory.

He returns this week after serving a four-game NFL suspension for using a banned substance. Goodman was tied for the AFC West lead with 30 tackles when he was suspended after Week 4.

San Diego’s pass defense is No. 1 in the NFL, but it gave up 303 passing yards last week against Tennessee, including several big plays. It is not known if Gregory will start Sunday at Houston. But I’d expect to see him play some.

He is a physical force in the secondary. Gregory can also help on special teams, which the Chargers desperately need.

To make room for Gregory, receiver Richard Goodman was released the undrafted rookie is a candidate to return to the practice squad. Goodman is remembered for leaving the ball on the field before he was touched by a New England defender after making his first NFL catch on Oct. 24. The Patriots recovered for a key turnover in a three-point loss for San Diego.