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Chargers Weapons Return to Practice

Jackson, Floyd questionable; Mathews listed probable

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    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 runs a route against cornerback Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.

    The long list of Chargers not participating in practice Thursday read like a team encyclopedia.

    On Friday, there came a better sight.

    Running back Ryan Mathews (foot) and wide receivers Vincent Jackson (abdomen) and Malcom Floyd (groin) were full participants in practice leading up to Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.

    Mathews is officially listed as probable. Jackson and Floyd are both questionable.

    "I like what they did," said coach Norv Turner, referring to Jackson and Floyd. "It's hard for me because we're not on the field long enough, they don't have to do enough where they're going to be tested."

    Turner added that, when making his active roster decisions, he must factor in the number of plays he's comfortable inserting Jackson and Floyd and determine the level at which the offense can still be in synch.

    Cornerback Quentin Jammer (hamstring) also worked out on the side, but he and tight end Antonio Gates are doubtful. Defensive end Corey Liuget (ankle) and linebacker Na'il Diggs (groin) are probable.

    Defensive ends Jacques Cesaire (knee) and Luis Castillo (tibia) will not play.

    Thomas Hamstrung
    The Chargers defense could have one less running back to worry about.

    Rookie Daniel Thomas, widely viewed as the Dolphins' strongest between-the-tackles runner, aggravated a hamstring injury during Thursday's practice and did not participate Friday.

    Although Thomas is listed as questionable, Jeff Darlington of NFL com reported on Twitter that, according to team sources, Thomas, along with cornerback Vontae Davis, were not on the team's charter flight to San Diego.

    Turner said he is impressed with Thomas' dynamic skill set.

    "He's an explosive guy that can get around the edge," Turner said. "He's got great quickness, and he's got great power. He's got great second effort."

    If Thomas misses action, Helix High graduate Reggie Bush could see upward of 20-plus touches while playing his first NFL game in his hometown. The recently signed Steve Slaton, as well as Lex Hilliard, could also see some carries.


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