The Chargers will head to Wisconsin Friday to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Pay Packers.
A few notables from Thursday's practice:
Left tackle King Dunlap, left guard Orlando Franklin, center Chris Watt and backup guard/tackle Chris Hairston did not practice Thursday. Right guard D.J. Fluker was limited. So, you're looking at another patchwork offensive line (something that is becoming more and more normal for this team).
Inside linebacker Manti Te'o also did not practice Thursday (and didn't practice Wednesday, either). Should he miss Sunday's game, expect to see more snaps for rookie linebacker Denzel Perryman. Perryman is physical and loves to hit -- but he's also a rookie, and he's raw.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano spoke Thursday about how the team is readying for the possibility Perryman will see more time on the field:
"It's about trust," Pagano said. "It's about us as coaches trusting him, but also him doing the things that he needs to do with the players out there on the field, that they trust him. So you just go from there. There's going to be growing pains. All rookies end up making mistakes here and there, but if his time is called upon this week, we need him to step up. We'll wait and see on that."
Te'o is battling an ankle injury he suffered Monday night against the Steelers. He briefly exited the field -- missing just a few snaps -- and returned, ankle taped, to finish the game. Now in his third NFL season, Te'o has taken precuations to preserve his health, having missed time in both his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injuries. It's not impossible that he plays Sunday against the Steelers, but wouldn't be surprising if he is kept out after not participating Wednesday or Thursday.