It may be the Mike Tolbert and Curtis Brinkley show Sunday for the Chargers.
Running back Ryan Mathews missed his third practice of the week Friday and looks doubtful to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Chargers will likely turn to Tolbert and Brinkley, a complementary pair of former undrafted free agents, to handle the load with Tolbert seeing the bulk of touches. The team is not expected to sign Jordan Todman from the practice squad.
Brinkley passed his concussion test and practiced Friday for the first time this week. Tight end Antonio Gates also returned after taking a rest day Thursday, which figures to be a weekly occurrence. He will start Sunday.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) practiced for the second straight day and is expected to start.
Wide receiver Malcom Floyd (hip), outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (foot), inside linebacker Na'il Diggs (knee), left guard Kris Dielman (concussion) and defensive end Luis Castillo (tibia) didn't ...