The Morning Charge – 11/20/10

The San Diego Chargers’ offense will have a familiar look Monday night — short-handed.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers expect to be without rookie running back Ryan Mathews and possibly tight end Antonio Gates and wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee in their home game against the Denver Broncos.

If the San Diego Chargers hope to win their fifth straight AFC West Division title they need to get in gear now. There’s no better time for the 4-5 Chargers to do that than on the Monday night (5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN) stage hosting 3-6 Denver.

Gates and Mathews both sat out practice again on Friday and Chargers coach Norv Turner was less than optimistic when asked about Mathews’ status for Monday night.

Williams was the anchor, the monstrous man in the middle of the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the team. But Williams has tried to keep a low profile for much of the week, or at least as low a profile as a 328-pound nose tackle can keep.

“It has been some ups and downs,” he said. “Some bumps in the road, but it is all about how you respond to it. It is part of the game. I’ve been dealing with (stuff) like that my whole career. So, it ain’t no big deal to me … I mean, injuries are part of the game. It happens to everybody. You have an injury. You do the rehab … You come back. That is all there is to it.”

The Chargers are allowing opponents to convert just 29 percent (9-of-31) of their third downs between four and six yards. That’s second-lowest in the NFL.

For several weeks, wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee were on a side field, gingerly being put through rehabilitative exercises by the training staff. Both were out with bad hamstrings, among the most aggravating and temperamental kind of injuries for athletes paid to change directions at full speed and spring into full leaps.

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