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.




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


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


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


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.


DE, Derek Wolfe (illness)


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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  • Peter Thompson

    McCoy is playing it smart. Any doctor would tell you that if you want an ankle injury to get better quickly, you stay off of it, and let it heal. I think that goes double for someone who is 6-5 and 300+ pounds. Mathews has been amazing all year, and should also rest that ankle. I can’t see any benefit to having two of your best players unnecessarily fight through an injury during practice, before such an important game. Let them rest, and I bet they will play on Sunday. Especially rest Fluker, as he has to be in the game for every play. It doesn’t look like Hardwick will be in the game, though. I thought Ohrnberger did OK, but he has had struggled here and there. We will just have to cross our fingers, and hope he plays well. Just don’t botch the snap!!!

    • arnie

      Ohrnberger looked pretty good, when he sprung Brown for the TD. Just sayin’ i’m not worried.

      • Peter Thompson

        He WAS a little rough at center, when he played earlier this season… but yeah… you could have driven a tractor through that hole! Nice one, fo sho. BTW… Did someone say that the Bengals had the #5 rush defense? Thought I heard some “experts” making a big deal about that. I must have missed it while I was watching our o-line dominate their defensive front. . Maybe it’s an urban legend, or something.. lol.

        • guest

          PT- I am confused too! Was that #5 D before or after the excuses came out as to why the Bolts completely manhandled the kitties? BTW- its “a jungle” in Cincy (including the shopping malls) and don’t forget it. And you had better be scared of our Tiger too…
          BTW Experts? Notice the power ranking experts all reversing their numbers around whose left and the continued toughness of the bolts? Wrong all year, east coast paradigms and a lack of objectivity I am afraid,..

          • Peter Thompson

            What’s awesome is that I wrote a series of articles on here, tracking the ups & downs of the Power Rankings. I actually stopped, because I was getting such negative feedback, because folks kept saying we were done, after we lost the Miami, and Cincinnati games. Nobody wanted to hear about power rankings, and were focused on mock drafts at the time. I mentioned that we were a top ten team, and I thought the Chargers were capable of cracking the top ten. At the LEAST, we would finish at 13, and be the best team to miss the playoffs. I took some shots for that. Now we are 7th, with a chance to be top 4 after this weekend. . Top two the following weekend, and the best in February. So glad I never lost faith. Desperation is a stinky cologne, Denver.