Aqib Talib (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.
Talib will probably have to put in at least a limited practice on Friday if he hopes to play this week. He owns PPF's highest cornerback grade out of 116 qualifiers this year. Tallb's absence would make life a lot easier for Travis Benjamin and the Chargers' receiving corps.
Jerick McKinnon (ankle) didn't practice on Thursday.
The Vikings play on Monday night, so this was their first practice of the week. McKinnon was spotted in a walking boot on Thursday. We'll see how the week progresses but right now McKinnon looks highly questionable for Monday's game against Chicago. Matt Asiata would slide into the workhorse role if McKinnon sits.
Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Thursday.
That puts him on track to play Sunday against Washington. Whitworth owns PFF's third-highest tackle grade out of 77 qualifiers this season.
Updating an earlier item, Tyrell Williams (knee) returned to Chargers practice on Thursday.
Williams missed stretches, prompting onlookers to believe he remained sidelined, but he jogged out for the real thing. Crisis averted. Williams was just getting a rest day on Wednesday, and should be good to go as a risk/reward WR3 in a tough matchup with the Broncos' elite defense.
Hunter Henry (concussion) practiced again on Thursday.
Coach Mike McCoy said Wednesday that was he "hopeful" Henry would suit up against the Broncos this week. Practicing for the second day in a row is a step in the right direction. Henry played well against Denver the last time he faced them (six catches, 83 yards, one touchdown) and will be a TE1 if he plays on Sunday.
Travis Benjamin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.
Wednesday was just a rest day for Benjamin. The fifth-year wideout has taken on a surprisingly significant role in the Chargers' passing game but won't be more than a back-end WR3 this week in a tough matchup with Denver.
Tyrell Williams (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday.
Uh oh. Wednesday was deemed a "rest day" for Williams, but it bodes poorly for his Week 8 status that he couldn't get back out there today. Williams have to get in a limited session on Friday to have a realistic chance of playing against the Broncos. Dontrelle Inman will see a big uptick in usage if Williams can't go.
Corey Coleman (hand) said "once I start catching, I'm playing."
Coleman resumed practicing this week but hasn't caught any passes yet. Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes that could happen as soon as next week. With his return on the horizon, Coleman is worth picking up in all formats.