Chargers/Rams Notes

The Chargers will have all 11 of their starting defensive players on the field for the first time since the season opener.

"Considering the number of guys that have been banged up . . . it is remarkable," defensive tackle Jason Fisk said.

Fisk just announced he would play this weekend after practice yesterday. Fisk was rehabbing a sprained ankle which had his chances of playing in question. He looked fine in the wind and rain yesterday.

Safety Keith Lyle (ankle) practiced on Friday and will play on Sunday.

Tight end Josh Norman (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Norman should be able to play next week.

Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Ed Ellis will replace him in the starting lineup with Sammy Williams also getting time on the line.

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer is considering removing Tamarick Vanover from punt return duties and inserting No. 2 wide receiver Tim Dwight. While he hasn't made an official announcement on the topic, coaches told Dwight to be ready just in case.

"They told me to be ready," Dwight said. "If I do it, that's cool."

"It gets you into the game," Dwight added. "You get hit a few times, get knocked down. In last week's game, I didn't hit the ground until the second quarter. Returning punts just seems to jump-start you."

The Chargers could also move No. 3 WR Reche Caldwell to the position if they don't want to risk getting one of their starters hurt on special teams.

Wide receiver Curtis Conway is closing in on two milestones. He's two catches shy of reaching 500 for his career and 42 yards away from 7,000 receiving yards.

Starting left tackle Orlando Pace practiced Friday and said he's good to go on Sunday against the Chargers. Pace suffered a minor groin injury on Thursday, which forced him to the sideline, but he looked as strong as ever on Friday.

Fullback Chris Hetherington just can't seem to get over his groin injury. He went down late in the game against Oakland on Oct. 13, and he hasn't played since. He thought he'd be back by now, but twice he has aggravated the injury in an effort to get back into playing shape. His most recent setback came Thursday during practice, and he said he's out for Sunday's game against San Diego.

Linebacker Courtland Bullard (foot) is listed as questionable for this Sunday's game.

Quarterback Kurt Warner practiced for the second day on Friday. He is still out for this weekend's game but expects to be back for the Rams game on Nov. 18th against Chicago.

"Today I felt good," Warner said after Friday's practice. "I'm very happy with where I'm at after two days. I probably could have pushed it a little bit more, and if it continues to improve like it did from yesterday to today I'm very optimistic that I'll be back next week."

"He's got it going," Rams defensive lineman Tyoka Jackson said of Charger running back LaDainian Tomlinson. "He runs hard, he's fast, he's quick, and he makes really decisive cuts. He doesn't dance."

They don't care if you know what they're doing," Jackson added. "They're going to come out and pound you and dare you to try and stop it. And then they'll go to the play-action pass once they get the run established."

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