San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson finally addressed the play everyone was talking about after last Thursday's loss to the Oakland Raiders, a deep pass to the end zone that was intercepted by Raiders safety Matt Giordano after Jackson made no effort for the football. The fourth-quarter turnover was a key moment in a 24-17 Oakland victory that lifted the Raiders into first place in the AFC West.
"Obviously not," Jackson said Wednesday when asked if he had seen the pass, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was looking for it. Obviously, in that game, I still felt I could track the ball pretty well at night. But I never saw it go up. We canât tell whatâs going on with the quarterback back there. Usually you can see the ball and go up and get it. There was a little confusion there, but I never saw it."
Jackson left the stadium Thursday without speaking to reporters, and hadn't explained what happened on the play until Wednesday.
Although he has dealt with hamstring and abdominal injuries this season, Jackson refused to use them as an excuse.
"Iâve been feeling great," he said. "I think everyone in the league is nicked up this time in the season."
Notes: Linebacker Shaun Phillips missed practice again Wednesday and appears unlikely to play Sunday. Phillips injured his foot Oct. 23. ... WR Malcom Floyd (hip) is likely to miss his third straight game when the Chargers play at Chicago Sunday. ... LB Takeo Spikes, who suffered a concussion on Thursday, returned to practice.