Wide receiver Malcom Floyd injured his shoulder in the Bears game, suffering what appeared to be a torn labrum.
After resting up during the bye week and sitting out Sunday's match against the Kansas City Chiefs, Floyd returned to the practice field Wednesday, though limited in participation.
"I felt great,” he said after practice. “I’m so excited just to be out there, on my playground and just playing with my guys. I can’t leave them out there like that. So I was excited to just be back out there with them just practicing."
The 34-year-old said he's been working to get back on the practice field since the injury, ramping up his progress each day to get closer to game condition.
"Just running on the side, lifting weights and getting my arm stronger," Floyd said. "I did pretty much everything at practice today. Hopefully I can do more tomorrow, but coach is easing me back in and being smart about the whole situation.”
With a shoulder injury, there is concern over range of motion and whether a receiver can fully extend his arms over his head. Floyd appeared to have full range, however, and showed that when he reached for a jumper during the portion of practice open to media.
Floyd, who has already said he will retire after the 2015 season, did not seem concerned that a quick return could leave him vulnerable to re-injury.
"At this point of the season everybody is pretty banged up," he said. "I don’t think it will hurt. [I’m] just trying to add some more firepower even though we have some younger, faster guys out there. I just want to be out there with the guys and not leave them out there by themselves."
Whether he will play Sunday in Jacksonville is up to head coach Mike McCoy.
"It was great to have him back out there," McCoy said. "He’s a true pro. He’s one of the great players in franchise history because of how he works. He’s earned every single reception, yard and award his entire career. It’s great to have him back out there.”
Floyd's quarterback isn't complaining, either.
"I thought he looked good,” Philip Rivers said after practice. "He had a big smile on his face. He ran around well, caught it well. I'm certainly hopeful that he can [play Sunday]. There's obviously no contact out here, but he looked good. It'd certainly be a boost for us to have him out there.”
Six players did not practice Wednesday: T King Dunlap (ankle); G D.J. Fluker (concussion); TE Ladarius Green (ankle); NT Sean Lissemore (concussion); DT Corey Liuget (foot); and S Eric Weddle (groin).
Limited were Floyd; TE Antonio Gates (hip); and ILB Manti Te'o (ankle).
Safety Jahleel Addae suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.