Trusting the bench

The bench may be stretched thinner than expected this weekend as Terrence Kiel was a late addition to the injury report with an ankle sprain and is questionable.

As they ready themselves for another East Coast trip and Sunday's date with the Eagles, it's obvious the backups will have to stand strong again.

"You hope you get the guys back out," safety Bhawoh Jue said.

Among the things making Sunday's win over Oakland so impressive were the contributions coming from more than the front-line players.

Going into the last week's game, because of injuries the Chargers were missing right tackle Shane Olivea, cornerback Drayton Florence, returner Darren Sproles. During the game, center Nick Hardwick, wide receiver Eric Parker and backup cornerback Sammy Davis were hurt.

With the Chargers' injury list continuing to grow, coach Marty Schottenheimer was unable to give a guess on what his game-day roster will look like in Philadelphia, especially with Terrence Kiel a late addition to the injury report.

"We do have some guys that are banged up," Schottenheimer said. "Fortunately, we are not facing the major injuries others around the league are."

The potential of playing without major contributors through the first part of the season exists and two of those players are in the secondary.

We should mention that Terrell Owens is coming to town.

"Playing without two starters might be tough," Jue admitted, before saying he had confidence in Clinton Hart.

"You never know how guys are going to feel," Jue added. "Terrence is going to try and go tomorrow. If they are not ready, I hope they would be smart about it and come out when they are ready.

Schottenheimer was pleased with how the second-stringers were able to help the team hold on in the second half against the Raiders.

What's obvious is that many of the same players thrown into the fire in Oakland will have to be ready come Sunday.

While a few of the ailing players are optimistic about their availability against the Eagles, the odds are slim the Chargers will be at full strength when facing one of their tougher opponents on their demanding schedule.

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