The Time for Newcomer Runyan Could Be Now

After some 10 months of being away from the game, tackle Jon Runyan could be ready.

The Chargers signed Jon Runyan last week after losing right tackle Jeromey Clary to a season-ending ankle injury.

But despite Runyan and the Chargers agreeing that he was in great shape, he was inactive in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

And with Brandyn Dombrowski playing well in his first start at that position, the Chargers don't need to plop Runyan into the starting lineup.

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But they would still like for him to get some work, and there is a chance that work will come Sunday in Cleveland.

"I've seen enough to know he can be an active participant and a good player for us," coach Norv Turner said."The issue is getting him up to speed."

Apparently, Runyan is riding an accelerated track.

"He's a lot more comfortable than he was a week ago, but we'll see how it goes this week. There is a chance he'd be active on Sunday."

The former Pro Bowler turned down overtures from the team before the season, as he felt his knee wasn't right. But Runyan felt differently when the Chargers came calling recently, knowing the team gives him a better shot of going deep into the playoffs.

But in addition to Runyan helping the team's depth, the offensive line coaches were thrilled with Dombrowski's play. That's not to say he didn't have help from rookie right guard Louis Vasquez and a tight end or two, but Dombrowski, who spent last season on the practice squad, fared well.


--QB Philip Rivers has now completed 75 percent of his passes for three straight games and he continues to play at a very high level. Rivers was 21-of-28 for 317 yards and two scores with no turnovers. Rivers has been sensational during the six-game winning streak.

--WR Vincent Jackson was being watched closely Sunday, so Philip Rivers' reads took him other places. Jackson had a big drop but also caught two passes for 27 yards, including one for 16 yards.

--WR Malcom Floyd had a drop, but he was also on the receiving end of an acrobatic catch that netted 53 yards. Floyd had 85 yards on just three catches as he continues to stretch the field.

--TE Antonio Gates continues to play as well as he has at any time in his career. He had two scoring catches among his team-high seven receptions for 118 yards.

--WR Legedu Naanee didn't score a touchdown for the first time in three games and had but one carry for 2 yards. It's surprising that eight Chargers caught passes and one of them wasn't Naanee, who has been seeing the field more of late.

--RB LaDainian Tomlinson had two more touchdowns on the ground and it should have been three but for a fumble at the goal line. Tomlinson only got 13 carries for 39 yards as the team shut him down once the game got out of hand.

--OLB Shaun Phillips had one of his better games of the season, despite playing with a calf injury. Phillips had three tackles, two of which were for losses, and he added a pass defensed.

--DB Steve Gregory was playing nickel corner and some safety once Eric Weddle went down with an injury. Gregory had six tackles.

--ILB Kevin Burnett was solid and his numbers would have been greater if not lost late in the game to a concussion. Burnett had four tackles; it appears he is going to be able to play Sunday.

--ILB Brandon Siler continues to show the Chargers that he needs to be on the field. Siler had a team-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Since filling in for an injured Tim Dobbins, Siler has done nothing but play well.

--FS Eric Weddle injured a knee and it appears he will be out at least two weeks with a sprained MCL. Weddle had two tackles before being chased to the sidelines and didn't play in the second half.

--OLB Shawne Merriman played very little, and that came early in the game. He is being bothered by a foot injury and could even sit out this week as the Chargers try to get him right for the final push. Merriman had one tackle.

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