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Jacoby Jones returns to practice

Jones is back, and the Chargers are hopeful he's on the mend.

WR/KR Jacoby Jones practiced Friday for the first time since injuring his ankle in the season opener.

Sure, he was officially listed as "limited" on the injury report. Still, it's a step in the right direction.

Jones, for one, didn't care if he was limited or full. It was a long time coming.

"It was like a little puppy trapped inside a cage ready to get out and run, that’s all it was,” he 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."

Though his return is promising, it doesn't mean he'll be on the field for Monday night's match against the Steelers. High ankle sprains are tricky, and the risk of coming back too soon (and injuring himself further) may outweigh putting him on the field.

The Chargers could use him, though. San Diego ranks last in the league for punt return yards, with just five -- yes, you read that right -- through the first four games. All five yards came from Keenan Allen against the Browns. The Chargers have attempted to return the ball only three times.

Still, the team will proceed with caution when it comes to Jones' ankle.

"[Jones] did good,” head coach Mike McCoy said after practice. “He did a couple things out there. 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."

Since the Chargers are playing on Monday night, they did not have to release player probabilities -- which indicate how close the injured player is to game action -- after Friday's practice, and instead will do that after Saturday's practice, which is closed to media.

Also limited in practice Friday: Jahleel Addae, Chris Watt, DJ Fluker and Jason Verrett.

King Dunlap, Orlando Franklin, Stevie Johnson, Craig Mager and Tourek Williams did not practice.

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