San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates didn't make any progress on Thursday toward playing against the Denver Broncos Monday night. Gates had said on Wednesday that there was a 50-50 chance his injured foot would be ready. Gates had also missed the Houston game in Week 9 before the Chargers’ bye.
Rookie running back Ryan Mathews didn’t practice again with a recurring ankle injury. Like Gates, Mathews will be monitored through the week.
Receiver Malcom Floyd practiced fully after missing several games with an injured hamstring and, barring a setback, he should play Monday. Fellow starting receiver Legedu Naanee, who has also missed several games with a hamstring injury, was limited and he looks like he may be able to play Monday night as well.
Denver cornerback Andre Goodman, who has missed several games with a hip injury, didn’t practice Thursday.
San Diego fans will love what Denver cornerback Champ Bailey had to say about Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers: “He just hasn’t won the big one yet, and with the way he’s playing, I don’t see him not winning it sometime.”