Come back soon, Antonio Gates.
The San Diego Chargers face a tough road task when they travel to Minnesota to take on a talented Vikings team and they could very well be without their current starting tight end Ladarius Green, as well as center Chris Watt.
Green, who suffered a concussion exactly two weeks ago, reported concussion-like symptoms on Tuesday but was cleared to return to practice. He was limited on Wednesday per the discretion of the coaches and training staff. John Phillips and David Johnson are the only other tight ends on the active roster.
Watt says he suffered a groin injury early in the game versus Cincinnati but managed to play through it. He’s optimistic to return versus the Vikings but Philip Rivers expressed confidence in backup center Trevor Robinson.
“I have a great deal of confidence in Trevor being in there,” said Rivers “He finished the year last year very well , he had a heck of an off-season and a training camp. Should we need him to be in there, he’ll be just fine.”
Return of Norv Turner
Vikings offensive coordinator and former Chargers head coach Norv Turner was a big topic of conversation after Wednesday’s practice. Turner said that as soon as the schedule came out and he saw the matchup between the Chargers and Vikings, “those guys put a moratorium in talking to me.”
Rivers smiled when asked about the frequency of conversation with his former head coach, whose sentences he often joked he could complete.
“I haven’t talked to him in a little bit. It’s been a little while, a couple good lucks here and there. It’ll certainly be weird, going against him somewhat, obviously. We’ve both got our own concerns on different sides of the ball but it will be good to see him.”
Norv Turner joined Darren Smith and discussed facing his former team, close relationship with Philip Rivers, maturity of Teddy Bridgewater and why he has positive memories of his time in San Diego. Listen to it HERE
Fluker close to a return
D.J. Fluker did not practice on Wednesday but he worked separately with the team trainer, testing his ankle injury by running and partaking in agility drills.
Jahleel Addae and Jacoby Jones, both inactive last Sunday with ankle injuries, did not practice. Johnnie Troutman (broken arm) and Tourek Williams (broken foot) did not practice and will be out this Sunday.