Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) prior to the game against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers & Broncos Practice Participation Report: Wednesday

While the Chargers entered the playoffs with a relatively clean injury report, the same cannot be said in the divisional round. Ryan Mathews is again resting on Wednesday (he has not participated in a Wednesday practice since week 16) to rest his sore ankle. Mathews did miss the 2nd half of the game on Sunday, even though Coach Mike McCoy claimed it was just part of the ‘rotation.’ Mathews had not previously missed much game time, so the injury is now much more concerning, especially in colder weather.

Another concern for Mathews, Rivers, and the rest of the offense are the injuries to the offensive line. DJ Fluker and Nick Hardwick both missed practice completely. Fluker is in a walking boot nursing an ankle injury, while Hardwick suffered a concussion in last week’s game, and will be highly questionable to play this week. RG Jeromey Clary and LT King Dunlap are also dealing with injuries.

Eric Weddle was limited with a hamstring injury, but was able to go on Wednesday, which is a good sign he will be ready to go on Sunday.

 

CHARGERS

DNP

T, DJ Fluker (ankle)
C, Nick Hardwick (neck, concussion)
RB, Ryan Mathews (ankle)
WR, Eddie Royal (toe)

LP

G, Jeromey Clary (shoulder)
DT, Sean Lissemore (shoulder)
FS, Eric Weddle (hamstring)

FP

LT, King Dunlap (ankle)
DE, Kendall Reyes (ankle)

BRONCOS

The Broncos on the other hand, are fairly healthy. They have a lot of players listed on the injury report, but basically all of them were full participants in practice. DE Derek Wolfe was the only one missing, but he hasn’t practiced since suffering a seizure in late November. Wolfe had a sack in the Chargers’ first game against Denver this season.

DNP

DE, Derek Wolfe (illness)

FP

CB, Champ Bailey (shoulder)
TE, Joel Dreessen (knee)
S, Duke Ihenacho (concussion)
T, Winston Justice (finger)
G, Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB, Peyton Manning (ankle)
C, Steve Vallos (concussion)
CB, Kayvon Webster (thumb)
WR, Wes Welker (concussion)

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