One notable change from the Chargers injury report on Friday was Jacoby Jones.
Friday’s practice marks the first time the wide receiver/ kick returner has practiced since suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener against the Lions.
“It was like a little puppy trapped inside a cage ready to get out and run, that’s all it was,” Jones said. “Ready to have fun again, ready to get in the yard and run around… the good thing is I’m feeling better and happy to be out there.”
Because of the Monday night game, the Chargers don’t have to release game probabilities as it relates to injuries until after practice on Saturday. That said, it would be a surprise if he were returning kicks for San Diego against the Steelers. High ankle sprains are the type of injury that can linger, perhaps worsen, if not handled properly.
“He did good,” head coach Mike McCoy said when asked how Jones looked at practice. “He did a couple things out there and like every other player that’s had some bumps and bruises throughout the season, they’re trying to get back as quickly as possible. We have a couple more days to make some decisions but he’s working hard to get back out there.”
The Chargers need him.
On the season, San Diego ranks last in the NFL with just three attempted punt returns for a grand total of five yards. In fact, the team didn’t have any positive punt return yards until last Sunday against Cleveland.
Friday’s practice, albeit limited, was a return in the right direction.
–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)
Annie Heilbrunn contributed to this report