|Chargers' Shane Olivea practices but is questionable for Green Bay game|
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|Friday, 21 September 2007 15:59|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -Chargers right tackle Shane Olivea practiced on Friday for the first time since straining his back in a loss to the Patriots, but it appears he'll miss Sunday's game at the Green Bay Packers.|
Olivea moved stiffly and said he'd have to talk his way into the lineup by assuring coach Norv Turner and offensive line coach Jack Henry he is OK. Olivea was listed as questionable on the injury report.
``If it was up to me, I would play,'' Olivea said. ``But I have to convince Jack and Norv.''
If Olivea can't go, the Chargers would replace him with either first-year pro Jeromey Clary or veteran Roman Oben. It appears Clary has the edge, and it would mark his first NFL start. Clary's starting debut would come against Green Bay left defensive end Aaron Kampman, who led the NFC last year with 15 1/2 sacks.
It was Clary who replaced Olivea when he went down early in the New England game. The results were mixed, but possibly good enough to get the call Sunday - depending on Olivea's health.
``I thought he played pretty well,'' Turner said of Clary, who was on the Chargers' practice squad in 2006.
Inside linebacker Matt Wilhelm won't play because of a strained calf, the same injury that sidelined him for three of four exhibition games. Wilhelm was jogging on it Friday without a limp.
With Wilhelm out, second-year pro Tim Dobbins will make his first NFL start. Dobbins also played the majority of the game in New England but was often out of position and ineffective.
Three other players, defensive tackle Jamal Williams (elbow), safety Clinton Hart (hamstring) and inside linebacker Stephen Cooper (neck) all practiced Friday and were declared fit for Sunday's game.
The Chargers will try to rebound from their embarrassing 38-14 loss at New England. Counting last season's playoff defeat by New England, it was the second loss in three games for the Chargers, who beat Chicago 14-3 in the opener.
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