Chargers WR Vincent Jackson will play

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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The San Diego Chargers will have star receiver Vincent Jackson available as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive Saturday at Detroit.

Jackson is active after not practicing all week with a groin injury. There was concern he wasn’t going to be able to play. Jackson is paramount to San Diego’s offense, which has been surging for the past three games, in which it has outscored opponents by a combined score of 109-38.

San Diego’s offense has dealt with many injuries this season, but it has been clicking in recent weeks with players like Jackson, receiver Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates healthy. After struggling for the first 10 games, Philip Rivers has flourished for the past month with a healthy receiver crew.

Jackson has 56 catches for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns. He is 13 catches, 132 yards and two touchdowns from establishing new career highs.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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