Fonoti doesn't practice but will play Sunday

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO ---- Left guard Toniu Fonoti sat out the Chargers' practice Thursday after sustaining a hairline fracture in his right hand during Wednesday's workout. Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Fonoti will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Fonoti got his fingers caught in someone's face mask, then the helmet was struck, which caused the injury.

Someone joking with Schottenheimer asked how Fonoti, an El Camino High product, would be able to hold with his hand wrapped tight.

"He doesn't hold,'' Schottenheimer said. "He doesn't have to hold as big as he is.''

Fine time

Defensive end Luis Castillo should learn today if he will be fined by the NFL for hitting Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe on Sunday. Castillo drew a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, a critical third-down mistake that kept Dallas' game-tying drive alive.

"I hope they don't fine me,'' Castillo said. "I'm a conservative guy, and I don't spend much money.''

The NFL seldom lets such transgression pass. In all likelihood, Castillo will be docked $7,500.

Igor's injury

The news wasn't all bad for Castillo. He ran with the first team in practice and all signs point to him making his first NFL start on Sunday, replacing Igor Olshansky.

Olshansky, who has a leg injury, is listed as doubtful. He hasn't practiced all week.

Castillo actually would take left defensive end Jacques Cesaire's spot, with Cesaire moving over to Olshansky's right end position.

Broncos update

Broncos running back Mike Anderson, the former Camp Pendleton Marine, didn't practice. But it was a funeral he was attending, and not his sore ribs, that kept him from working.

Cornerback Champ Bailey (shoulder) was able to go and should be ready for Sunday.

"If I'm in pads during the week, I'm probably going to play,'' he said. "There's no doubt that I'll probably be out there. As long as I don't have no setbacks I'll be fine.''

It's L.T., OK

Denver linebacker D.J. Williams was asked about the Chargers' offensive weapons and who the Broncos need to key on come Sunday.

"Thomas," Williams said.

How about LaDainian Tomlinson?

Quick hits

WR Vincent Jackson (calf) won't play Sunday after not practicing again on Thursday. ... If RB LaDainian Tomlinson catches a pass Sunday, he will be able to start a new streak. By not recording a reception last Sunday, it broke his streak of 63 consecutive games with a catch. The only active running back with a longer streak is the Giants' Tiki Barber (118). ... There are 2,000 tickets remaining for the Chargers' next home game, Sept. 25 against the New York Giants. Games Nov. 20 against Buffalo and Dec. 4 against Oakland have sold out.