Packers at Chargers Game Notes

This Sunday will mark the eighth time the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers meet. The Packers lead the series, 6-1, and have won three straight, and all four of the contests to be held in San Diego. The last time they hooked up, the Chargers got smoked, 31-3, on Oct. 24, 1999 at Qualcomm Stadium and about 15,000 and 20,000 fans in the then record crowd of 68,000-plus cheered for Green Bay. The Chargers have won just two December games overall since 1999.

Chargers Notes:

The Chargers don't mind seeing another NFC North Opponent. Two of their three wins come from teams in that division. The Chargers beat the Vikings at home and the Lions on the road.

It's a tough ticket this weekend in San Diego, and not because droves of fans want to see the 3-10 Chargers. "My ticket count is up this week," DE Marcellus Wiley said. "It's approaching Raiders week. It's not because of sudden support for the Chargers. It's obvious because people want to see Brett Favre."

Chargers receivers coach James Lofton, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member, was the Packers first-round pick in 1978, and played six seasons with them.

Sly Croom, the Packers RB coach just named as the Mississippi State coach, was on Bobby Ross' staff in San Diego from 1992-96.

Speaking of Ross, the only coach to direct the Chargers to the playoffs in the 20 years the Spanos family has owned the team, has taken the job at Army.

Packers RB Dahrran Diedrick was among the last Chargers cuts this summer.

Chargers C Cory Raymer is from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "I've got some Old Style (beer) coming out with this one," he joked.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson is 174 yards shy of 2,000 yards from the line of scrimmage. If Tomlinson gets to 2,000 for the second consecutive year, he will be only the eighth player to do it.

WR David Boston (neck) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. He'll likely play, but he doesn't play well when he's got a nagging injury. The Chargers, with Tim Dwight and Eric Parker on IR, are woefully thin at the wide out spot.

C Jason Ball (ankle) won't go this week. Veteran Cory Raymer replaces him. That's not a huge drop-off, although Raymer is playing with a metal plate in his broken right hand.

LT Damion McIntosh (ankle) didn't practice. He is very much questionable, with Solomon Page again set to replace him.

TE Stephen Alexander (groin) is so far out of the loop that the Chargers rarely anticipate him playing.

DT Jamal Williams (knee) didn't go Wednesday but practiced Thursday and will likely give it a try Sunday.

DE Adrian Dingle (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday, but did go on Thursday. He's been playing about half a game of late because of that knee. The replacement is Otis Leverette, which is pretty big drop-off.

LB Carlos Polk (ankle), a special-teams whiz, should be fine after returning to practice Thursday.

Packers Notes:

The Packers made a roster move Wednesday, signing former Rams cornerback James Whitley and releasing middle linebacker T.J. Slaughter.

Slaughter was signed Nov. 11 after being cut by Jacksonville for off-field problems. He played on special teams in Green Bay but never from scrimmage.

"It was a football decision," Sherman said. "He worked hard. He studied. I felt we needed to help our defensive back situation. Maybe we can get him back."

Nickel back Bhawoh Jue (groin) will try to practice Friday but is questionable.

T Marcus Spriggs (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time in several weeks.

NT Gilbert Brown (knee) is banged up and sat out Wednesday. He played just 11 snaps against the Bears.

QB Brett Favre (thumb) went the distance Wednesday.

CB Michael Hawthorne (hip flexor), the dime back, sat out Wednesday but coach Mike Sherman said he was fully confident that he'd be playing Sunday.

DT Kenny Peterson (knee) practiced and is fine.

NT Rod Walker, who is on injured reserve, had arthroscopic shoulder surgery Monday. He is due for a knee scope soon.

S Antuan Edwards, who is on injured reserve, still isn't sure if he will need hamstring surgery.

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