The San Diego Chargers scored 38 points without running back Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates last week. It looks like they'll get both stars back this week. They participated in practice Wednesday as they prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons.
San Diego is slipping under the radar at this point at 2-0, but that won't be the case if they can beat Atlanta on Sunday. Here are the other injuries you should know from Wednesday's official report:
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- Philadelphia Eagles tackle King Dunlap (hamstring) and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hip) both missed practice Wednesday. Dunlap isn't expected to play this week.
- Drew Brees is listed on the injury report with an ankle issue, but New Orleans Saints fans don't need to freak out. He practiced fully.
- The Detroit Lions will get cornerback Chris Houston back from injury, and running back Mikel LeShoure back from suspension. The additions are much needed at positions where Detroit is struggling. The team might also get cornerback Bill Bentley back.
- New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) is still out of practice. Cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) was limited. It's unclear if Revis will be ready to face the Dolphins. (If ever there's a team you don't need a shutdown corner against, this is it.)
- With Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks out for the New York Giants, we'd expect to see running back Andre Brown and wide receiver Ramses Barden start on Thursday night against the Panthers.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers had a lot of potential starters out of practice Wednesday. The full list: RB Jonathan Dwyer (toe), OT Marcus Gilbert (groin), LB James Harrison (knee), TE Heath Miller (abdomen), S Troy Polamalu (calf), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and WR Mike Wallace (groin). We'd be surprised if Harrison or Polamalu play this week.
- St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (groin) sat out Wednesday despite MRI results coming back with good news earlier in the week.
- Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert practiced fully on Wednesday despite his pulled "butt muscle." America can breathe a sigh of relief.