Game Day Update: Chargers vs. Chiefs

This game could have featured the best two RB's and the best two TEs in football but since RB Priest Holmes (knee) is out, we'll have to settle for the TE Tony Gonzalez vs. TE Antonio Gates extravaganza. Both players were successful power forwards in college, which could be the new frontier in terms of scouting tight ends.


Could the Chargers possibly get caught looking ahead to the Broncos? Don't count on it. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer team knows they haven't accomplished anything yet.

Friday Update: Starting RB LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) came out of the bye fresh and it showed in last week's season-high 37-carry, 164-yard performance vs. Oakland.

Tomlinson followed his normal schedule of resting the groin during the week leading up to game day and sat out of Wednesday's practice before practicing fully Thursday and Friday. He will start Sunday in Kansas City and was removed from the injury report Friday.

The Chargers will host the Chiefs in the regular-season finale on January 2.

Backup RB Jesse Chatman (toe-probable) did not practice this week but is expected to play Sunday. Chatman, who has also been on a limited practice schedule for the past month, played last week but did not have a carry.

Starting FB Lorenzo Neal (toe-probable) practiced Thursday and Friday after resting his sore toe Wednesday. He's expected to start Sunday vs. KC.

Backup WR Tim Dwight (toe) missed practice for a third consecutive day Friday but remains probable to face the Chiefs.

Backup DT Eric Downing has been upgraded from questionable to probable for Sunday's game against his former team after practicing Thursday and Friday. Downing (knee) spent the first three years of his career in KC before coming to San Diego in the off-season.

Backup FS Hanik Milligan was added to the injury report as probable with a minor hamstring injury. He's expected to be available for action Sunday after practicing Friday.

Saturday Update: With starting RB Priest Holmes (knee-doubtful) out, look for Kansas City to throw the ball a lot against the league's best defense against the run.

Starting G John Welbourn, who struggled at times going from G with the Eagles to T with the Chiefs, was placed on IR (knee). He was already sharing time with backup OL Chris Bober and now the former Giant C will start for Welbourn full-time.

Rookie TE Kris Wilson (leg-questionable) had a player fall on him in Friday's practice and is not expected to play after having a player fall on him at practice. He's probably two weeks away from game action.

Friday Update: The Chiefs will be without RB Priest Holmes (right knee-doubtful) for a third straight week this Sunday vs. San Diego.

Holmes has missed the last two weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament and hasn't practiced since the injury, paving the way for Derrick Blaylock to handle the bulk of the running game for the third straight week. The type of injury Holmes sustained typically involves a recovery period of between 2-4 weeks and the most likely return to the playing field for him is in Week 14.

Blaylock, who is listed as probable with a sore knee, gave the Chiefs a huge game in his first career start two weeks ago, rushing 33 times for 186 yards and a TD, but only managed 58 yards in 19 carries vs. New England Monday. He practiced fully this week and will start Sunday for Holmes.

Starting ORT John Welbourn (knee/hip flexor) was placed on IR Thursday due to recurring pain in his knee. Backup OL Chris Bober will replace him in the lineup and Kevin Sampson will now be active on game days as his backup.

Starting WLB Monty Beisel (calf) is listed as doubtful, but head coach Dick Vermeil said Thursday that he would not play Sunday. That will be the fifth game in the last six he has been out, with the only exception coming at New Orleans November 14 when he re-injured the calf. Backup LB Quentin Caver will get another start for Beisel, who moved to WLB after starter Shawn Barber, was lost for the season two weeks ago.

Second-year LB Kawika Mitchell is now starting in the middle.

Three other Chiefs are questionable - starting FS Jerome Woods (knee), backup DE Vonnie Holliday (knee), and rookie DT Junior Siavii (ankle). Siavii and Woods sat out practice each day this week and Holliday returned to work Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's sessions.

Vermeil said Woods is "closer to doubtful" to play Sunday. Backup S Shaunard Harts would replace him. Jared Allen has moved into the starting lineup in place of Holliday.

Siavii has been bothered by a sore ankle for the past month, but did see action Monday night after missing the previous three contests.

Besides Blaylock, three other Chiefs are probable, but each of them practiced fully this week. Included in that group are starters C Casey Wiegmann (thigh) and CB William Bartee (foot) and backup TE Jason Dunn (back). Bartee and Dunn were both probable last week as well, but played their usual roles. Top Stories