San Diego is 2-4, and need to get their best win of the season against the Patriots Sunday to avoid a potentially fatal start to the 2010 campaign.
They may have to do it without a huge chunk of their offense.
We know wide receiver Malcom Floyd is out. So is kicker Nate Kaeding. Other offensive starters missing from Wednesday’s practice: tight end Antonio Gates, wide receiver Legedu Naanee, and running back Ryan Mathews. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune points out, those players account for 59% of San Diego’s yards this season.
Mathews will definitely play against the Patriots, but the receivers are less certain. Coach Norv Turner hopes Gates can return Thursday. Naanee ran on the side of practice Wednesday after missing last week’s game.
I’ve given Philip Rivers a lot of love as a truly MVP-caliber quarterback the last two years. The Chargers are going to need his very best Sunday to avoid going 2-5.