AFC West: Vincnet Jackson

Halftime: Chargers 24, Jaguars 14

December, 5, 2011
Some random halftime thoughts:

The Chargers took over late in the first half with two touchdowns.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers hit rookie Vincent Brown -- who has been impressive in recent weeks -- for a touchdown pass with 1:33 to go in the half to give the Chargers the lead. Then after an interception, Rivers hit Vincent Jackson for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds to go. San Diego took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before Jacksonville reeled off 14 straight points.

Rivers had a good half. He was 16-of-21 for 202 yards.

The banged-up Chargers suffered more injuries in the first half. Standout center Nick Hardwick is out with a neck injury. The San Diego offensive line has been decimated by injuries. They are playing without three starters.

Linebacker Donald Butler is also out with an injury. Jacksonville had much of its running success with Butler out.

San Diego ran the ball early with Ryan Mathews getting 56 yards on six carries.

AFC West injury update

October, 6, 2011
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.