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Banged-Up Chargers Get Blackout Lifted

3 starters doubtful for Sunday's game; Gates questionable

By Michael Gehlken
|  Saturday, Sep 24, 2011  |  Updated 4:44 PM PDT
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San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates #85 runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California.

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The Chargers have sold enough tickets to lift the blackout of Sunday's divisional opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The game, which kicks off at 1:05 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium, will air live on KFMB in San Diego and KCBS in Los Angeles and Orange County. Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will call the game.

Fans can still purchase general admission and Club-level tickets.

Injury report

Tight end Antonio Gates (foot) is listed as questionable, or 50-50, to play Sunday. He participated in team stretching Friday but returned to the locker room shortly once individual drills began. He will likely be a game-time decision.

In Week 2, a Patriots defender struck running back Mike Tolbert's calf helmet-first. Tolbert rested Wednesday and Thursday with soreness and had a full practice Friday. He said Thursday he felt "great" and is probable.

Cornerback Quentin Jammer (illness) missed Friday's practice. He and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (abdominal) are both listed as probable and will play. Jackson practiced in full Friday after resting Thursday due to soreness.

Wide receiver Malcom Floyd (groin), safety Bob Sanders (knee) and defensive end Corey Liuget (ankle) are doubtful. They missed every practice this week. Chargers coach Norv Turner did not disclose how close any of the group was to practicing Friday.

"There's no difference," Turner said. "You either do or you don't. In my mind, there's no such thing as close."

Turf War

Floyd was the one Chargers player whose inactivity this week was foretold.

On Monday, Turner said he expected the veteran to miss practice time after injuring his groin at the end of an athletic catch-and-run along the sideline.

Floyd did not specify a timeline Friday, saying he is taking it "day to day."

"He pushed me out, and my foot -- that artificial turf," Floyd said. "Every time I play on it, something happens. My foot got caught in there."

Chiefs Sans Charles

The Chiefs injury report shows only half the picture.

The team has ruled out wide receiver Jon Baldwin (thumb). Defensive end Wallace Gilberry (neck) is questionable despite practicing in full Friday. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle) practiced all week and is probable.

The Chiefs are, however, without three focal starters.

Running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki are on injured reserve, each with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster will divide carries in the group's first game without Charles. Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Thursday he doesn't want to put a ceiling on the dynamic McCluster's workload, but the thought is 10 to 14 touches, not including special teams.

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