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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Evening AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice Wednesday because of a foot injury. He has been dealing with it for weeks. He still has a chance to play against Oakland on Sunday. He played against the Colts this past Sunday.

Linebacker Stephen Cooper (knee), receiver Malcolm Floyd (hamstring), receiver Vincent Jackson (calf) and running back Mike Tolbert were among the players not in practice Wednesday. Tolbert finished Sunday’s game despite his injury and Jackson will likely be out for a couple of weeks. Running back Ryan Mathews practiced fully and after missing the past two games with an ankle injury. Still, I’d expect Tolbert to start with Mathews backing him up if he can play. Tolbert has had back-to-back 100-yard plus games while starting for the injured Mathews.