Friday, October 4, 2013
Chargers update: CB Wright eager to play
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- A full participant in practice on Friday, San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright likely won’t find out until game time if he’ll play against Oakland on Sunday.
“It feels good to be able to run around again and participate in practice,” Wright said. “Sitting on the sideline is not a good feeling at all, so it definitely feels good.”
Wright will face an Oakland receiver group known for its speed, so the ability to open up and run full speed will be an important test during his pre-game workout with the team’s training staff before the game.
“We’ll see how these next couple days go -- the rest of [Friday] and [Saturday],” Wright said. “We’ll see how I feel, and see if I can do a little workout before the game and open up.
“The key is just being able to hit top speed when I’m running, not feeling anything and making sure I don’t re-injure it.”
Wright missed the last two games with a lingering hamstring issue. San Diego coach Mike McCoy says like any other injury, the team’s training staff wants his starting cornerback fully healthy to deal with the grind of an NFL game before he takes the field.
“We want to make sure they’re ready to go before you put them out there and expose them, whether it hurts the football team because of the injury they can’t go full speed, or they re-injure it and they’reset back longer,” McCoy said. “So we’ve got to do what’s right, not only for the football team, but what’s right for the player.”
Along with Wright, starting right guard Jeromey Clary was a full participant on Friday, and is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. McCoy seemed optimistic that Clary, who missed last week’s game against Dallas with a clavicle injury, could play on Sunday.
“Yeah, I think he’s had a good week from what he’s done in practice and everything, and we’ll see how it goes,” McCoy said.
If Clary is available, that would give San Diego a projected starting line of Michael Harris at left tackle, Johnnie Troutman at left guard, Nick Hardwick at center, Clary at right guard and D.J. Fluker at right tackle – the Chargers’ fourth different starting offensive line combination in five games.
Reserve offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (groin) returned to the practice field as a limited participant, and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Running back Ryan Mathews appears to have suffered a hamstring injury during practice. Mathews was listed as a limited participant, but is probable for the Oakland game.
Starting left tackle King Dunlap (concussion) and left guard Chad Rinehart did not practice at all this week. Dunlap has been ruled out, and Rinehart is doubtful.
Reserve cornerback Johnny Patrick (chest) also did not practice on Friday, and is listed as questionable. Patrick started the past two games with Wright out.
Linebacker Manti Te’o (foot), cornerback Derek Cox (knee) and center Nick Hardwick (not injury related) were full participants and listed as probable on San Diego’s injury report.