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Chargers' Jackson Set for Sunday

Receiver can handle at least 22 snaps, Turner says

By Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 AM PDT
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Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 and wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrate after they hook up on a 55 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California.

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Different week. Same routine.

After missing Wednesday and Thursday's practice for the second straight week, Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson again returned to full action Friday and looked sharp, an encouraging sign leading up to Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

He, as well as cornerback Quentin Jammer (hamstring) and center Nick Hardwick (neck), is listed as probable.

Jackson is overcoming a hamstring injury that forced him to play just 22 of the offense's 66 snaps in Week 4. He left his mark against the Dolphins before sustaining the ailment, catching three first-half passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought he moved around very well today," coach Norv Turner said. "It's Friday. He's got a couple days now to recover from what he did today. I expect him to at least be able to do what he did last week, as far as number of plays."

Jammer returned to practice after missing Thursday's session with an illness. Last week's inactive game was his first since 2007.

Turner said Jammer, in light of the illness and injury, will be eased into action with rookie Marcus Gilchrist also seeing snaps at cornerback.

Tight end Antonio Gates was held out all week. He is doubtful and almost certainly won't play Sunday. Defensive ends Jacques Cesaire (knee) and Luis Castillo (tibia) are out.

Miller Time
For the first time of many, the Chargers must scheme against Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller.

The No. 2 overall pick sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice last week, registering the first from the three-point stance and the second out from the two-point.

Miller, whose four sacks are tied for the AFC West lead, took 27 of his 67 snaps while lined up at left end.

"He's super fast," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "That's the first thing that jumps out is the speed he has. He was a half-yard or so last week from having three sacks. Aaron got just back to the line of scrimmage or he would have, so he certainly has had an impact early on in his career. He along with (Elvis) Dumervil and their crew of pass rushers will be a challenge."

Right tackle Jeromey Clary figures to draw the assignment of slowing the speedster at the line of scrimmage.

"He looks like a pretty active player," Clary said. "It's going to be hard to play him at his place, I'm sure. I'll be sure juiced up and ready to go. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

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