Chargers limp into 'MNF'

October, 29, 2011
10/29/11
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I have arrived in Denver for Sunday’s Broncos-Lions game to find predictably bad injury news for the Chargers.

As expected, standout linebacker Shaun Phillips is out for the Chargers’ crucial Monday night game at Kansas City with a foot injury. He didn’t practice all week. Rookie Darryl Gamble is expected to see a lot of playing time in his place. Phillips will join standout guard Kris Dielman on the sideline. Dielman suffered a concussion and had a seizure on the flight home from last Sunday's game against the Jets. He is expected to miss at least two games, but is expected to recover fully.

Running back Mike Tolbert is doubtful with a hamstring injury. He could miss a couple of games.

Receiver Malcom Floyd is questionable with a hip injury. Tight end Antonio Gates is improving and he is probable. He played last week for the first time in a month because of a foot injury.

The Chargers have been dealing with a number of injuries since last week and will have to try to beat the streaking Chiefs – winners of three consecutive games – with a limited roster. If the Chiefs (who are healthy) win, there will be a three-way tie at 4-3 atop the AFC West between the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders (who have a bye). It would be the first time in the NFL that there was a three way tie at 4-3 in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Dallas cut running back Tashard Choice. I could see Denver considering claiming him — it needs a boost in the run game.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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