Friday, October 7, 2011
AFC West injury report
By Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers got some good and bad news on the injury front Friday.
Tight end Antonio Gates, as expected, was listed as doubtful to play Sunday at Denver with a foot injury. He has missed the past two games. Gates, who has been replaced by Randy McMichael, is expected to try to come back after the Chargers’ Oct 16 bye. However, the Chargers got a dose of good news when receiver Vincent Jackson was listed as probable with a hamstring injury that he suffered last week. He practiced fully Friday after not practicing the first two days of the week. Cornerback Quentin Jammer (illness) practiced fully Friday after he didn’t practice Thursday. He is listed as probable.
In Denver, safety Brian Dawkins is questionable with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice Friday after he didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday. Left cornerback Champ Bailey practiced fully all week and is expected to play after missing three games with a hamstring injury.
In Oakland, coach Hue Jackson ruled out defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, cornerback Chris Johnson and tight end Richard Gordon for Sunday’s game at Houston. Shaughnessy and Johnson were out last week. Fullback Marcel Reece is listed as questionable. He didn’t play last week and he didn’t practice all week. Jackson said the team could sign defensive lineman Trevor Pryce at a later date. They looked at Pryce, 36, this week to help with Shaughnessy out, but they decided against it at this time.
In Kansas City, 2011 first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin is listed as probable to play for the first time. He practiced all week after missing six weeks with a thumb injury he reportedly suffered in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones. Still, Kansas City coach Todd Haley told reporters Friday that he is not sure if Baldwin will be active at Indianapolis. If not, he should be ready to go after the team’s Oct. 16 bye.