Injuries forcing Chargers to use reserves on defense

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Oct 14, 2005


SAN DIEGO ---- Though Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer is determined to play his regulars when his team meets the Denver Broncos in an inconsequential contest on Saturday, it appears more likely that a mishmash of reserves will appear on the defensive side of the ball.

Add defensive end Igor Olshansky to the Chargers' list of hobbled defenders. Olshansky did not work during Thursday's practice because of a quadriceps injury; he is questionable for Saturday.

"Right now we're going to have to wait and see until game time," Schottenheimer said.

The same goes for defensive tackle Jamal Williams, who missed practice again with a foot sprain.

If Olshansky and Williams can't go, the Chargers will be missing four defensive starters.

Strong safety Terrence Kiel's ankle injury landed him on injured reserve Thursday, officially ending his season. Free safety Bhawoh Jue also said he would not play because of a bum knee.

"It's just a couple-week thing," Jue said. "But I'm not playing this weekend."

Mudders day

With Oregon and Oklahoma tromping over the Qualcomm Stadium turf Thursday night in the Holiday Bowl and showers in the forecast for Saturday, the footing isn't likely to be ideal for the Chargers' final home game of the season.

"They say it's supposed to rain ---- it's coming in," Schottenheimer said. "Look at it this way ---- we've got some recent experience on that surface if that indeed is what we find."

The Chargers' recent bad-weather experience isn't positive. Their postseason hopes came to an end last week in the muck of Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

A more pleasant memory for Chargers fans came last season, when they beat the Broncos 20-17 in a soggy December game.

Et cetera

CB Markus Curry took Terrence Kiel's place on the active roster. The rookie from Michigan has been on the practice squad for the past 15 weeks. Ö LB Randall Godfrey was given the Emil Karas Memorial Award as the team's most inspirational player. Godfrey endured the death of his sister in early November. The recipient was determined by a team vote.