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Jackson added to roster
SAN DIEGO – The Chargers added receiver Vincent Jackson to the active roster Tuesday, releasing kicker Kris Brown.
Jackson spent the last three weeks on the Roster-Exempt list after signing a one-year contract Oct. 29. He’s practiced with the Chargers but has not been eligible to play until this week’s game at Indianapolis.
“I’m excited to get Vincent back. I think (because) he’s had three good weeks of practice to get ready that he’s going to be ready to go play at a high level,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “Everyone’s expecting some big explosion (but) to me it’s going to be the production he has over the next six weeks and hopefully into the playoffs that’s going to help us.”
The speed of the game and ball security are the biggest adjustments Jackson will have to make, Turner said, but lauded the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver’s effort in practice.
It remains to be seen which receivers will play against Indianapolis. Malcom Floyd tweaked his hamstring against Denver but finished the game. Legedu Naanee (hamstring) did not play and Patrick Crayton (wrist) left the game before halftime.
“(Malcom) had a tough time in the second half. He’s sore (but) hopefully he’ll come back from it and be ready to play,” Turner said. “Legedu had a good workout today and he did work out before the game. I’m hopeful that he will be ready. I just hope he doesn’t have a setback as we go through the week.”
Crayton, who injured his left wrist while falling into the end zone after a 40-yard touchdown catch and run that earned him respect from Turner and the players, was examined Tuesday.
Crayton recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season on three catches, two of which included highlight runs after he secured the ball. The first, a season-high 49-yard reception, reached Crayton at the Denver 31. He met safety Renaldo Hill with a stiff-arm at the Broncos 18, jolting him backwards and churning to the 6-yard line.
The touchdown included a mix of speed, vision and power after he caught the pass five yards behind the line of scrimmage.
“The guy that’s made the biggest strides that I’ve been impressed with is Patrick Crayton because he came in from a different system and even though there’s similarities, when you get a college guy, you just start from scratch and say, ‘You know nothing, now do it this way,’” Turner said. “When you get a guy who’s played as much as Patrick it’s harder for them to change and completely understand the details of how you want it done because they’ve had success doing things another way.
“He’s really bought in and that’s why he’s had the production he’s had.”
Crayton’s 28 catches for 514 yards each rank in the top four for the Chargers this season.
Randy McMichael (hamstring) is sore but Turner expects him to be able to play against the Colts. Antonio Gates (foot) is making progress, Turner said, but “there is a concern” about his status against Indianapolis.
COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: After reviewing the game Tuesday, Turner reiterated what he felt Monday night: The 35-14 win against Denver represented the best overall game the Chargers have played this season.
“In my mind it was as complete a performance as we’ve had,” Turner said. “The reason that I’d say those things is (because) we ran the ball well which (gave) us better balance on offense, we got pressure on the quarterback (and) we played great on third down.”
“And obviously it’s our best performance in the kicking game.”
NO. 70: Tight end Kory Sperry, signed from the practice squad Monday, became the 70th player to enter a game for San Diego this season, most in the NFL.
Sperry made two catches for 21 yards, including an eight-yard reception on the Chargers’ first offensive play.
Indianapolis has employed the second-most players, with 65 appearing in at least one game. Green Bay and Carolina each have played 62 people.
PRO BOWL VOTING: Fan votes for the 2011 Pro Bowl will be tabulated through Dec. 20.
Fans can vote for their favorite Chargers players at /fans/pro-bowl-ballot.html.
Through Nov. 22, Antonio Gates was the only player that led fan voting at his position, receiving 252,219 votes, 10th-most in the NFL. Philip Rivers received 291,071 votes through Monday, 6th-most in the NFL but behind Peyton Manning (496,658) and Tom Brady (368,469) at quarterback in the AFC.