SAN DIEGO (AP) Two San Diego Chargers players didn't practice on Thursday in the team's preparations for the Philadelphia Eagles.
One of them will play Sunday; the other isn't expected to be ready.
Linebacker Manti Te'o is a longshot to be in uniform.
"He is going to start Week 7," teammate Donald Butler joked.
The team's second-round pick from Notre Dame hasn't practiced since
spraining his right foot in his nine-play stint during an Aug. 8
But he is getting closer. He no longer wears a walking boot on his right
foot and his running and change-of-direction movements have increased
significantly when working on the side with trainer James Collins.
"We are making a lot of progress," said Te'o. "We will see about next
week, but it is looking good so far. I'm getting that work in."
His contributions Sunday will be with his vocal cords.
"I will be the biggest cheerleader on the side," Te'o said. "I will be back soon."
The other Charger not working was defensive end Sean Lessimore.
He had treatment for an infection near his elbow and was confident he
would practice on Friday and play on Sunday. "I'm good to go," he said.
Lissemore is a backup but when facing the up-tempo Eagles, it's all
hands on deck. Being able to insert reserves to give the starters a rest
is critical this week.
"We will need everybody," Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano
said. "I think I may be ready to go in if I have to come off the
sideline for a play here and there."