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Thursday, October 6, 2011
AFC West injury update

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates (foot) and receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) sat out practice again Thursday. The teams still hopes Jackson can play Sunday at Denver. Gates will likely miss his third straight game and not come back until after the Chargers’ bye next week.

Cornerback Quentin Jammer didn’t practice Thursday after he worked fully Wednesday. He missed Thursday’s practice with an illness. He missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury. San Diego center Nick Hardwick practiced fully Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice with a neck injury.

In Denver, cornerback Champ Bailey continued to make strides toward returning Sunday after a three-week absence due to a hamstring injury. He told reporters in Denver on Thursday that he expects to play Sunday. He practiced fully both practice days this week.

Denver does have some issues at safety. Brian Dawkins (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice and fellow starter Rahim Moore missed Thursday’s practice with an illness. The Broncos hope they both play, but if not, rookie Quentin Carter and little-used veteran David Bruton would be set to play against the Chargers.

In Oakland, Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring and, fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) haven’t practice this week and it may be difficult for them to play Sunday at Houston. None of the three players played in Week 4.

In Kansas City, rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin practiced fully for the second straight day and he is on pace to play Sunday at Indianapolis for the first time this season. He has been out since mid-August after he reportedly injured his thumb in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones.