SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandon Flowers hopes he’s a quick healer.
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming to town Sunday, and boy wouldn’t Flowers love to be healthy enough to play against his former team.
Flowers was released by the Chiefs in June even though he was coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance. The cornerback quickly signed with San Diego and leads the Chargers with two interceptions.
He was forced out of Sunday’s win at Oakland with a groin injury and didn’t practice Wednesday, so his status for Sunday is uncertain.
"I definitely want to play. You’d best believe that if there’s any chance I can play, I’ll be out there," Flowers said.
The Chargers (5-1) have won five straight games. Kansas City (2-3) returns from its bye.
Flowers gradually lost playing time last season in Kansas City, and his bloated contract helped make him a salary cap casualty.
"I don’t want to get into the past and what happened over there in Kansas City," he said. "What’s done is done. Love that staff, love the guys over there, love the fans. I have no problem with Kansas City. So I stay away from that."
Flowers said he was miffed at first, "because that’s all I knew, was being over there. I love where I’m at, winning, love the coaching staff over here."
As much as Flowers would like to say this is just another big game against a division rival, it’s clear it’s bigger than that.
"It’s going to be more fun," Flowers said. "I laugh when I watch more film because I know those guys’ tendencies, I know their movements. It’s just fun. Everybody thinks this game is so serious. This is a game that we play and have fun. I know I do. I have fun playing the game on Sunday. It’s going to be a lot of fun to be out there."
Coach Mike McCoy actually cracked and said there’s a benefit to having a player like Flowers on the roster when it’s time to play his old team.
"At times you’ll see something. Coaches have a good idea but if there’s a question you’ll bounce it off somebody," McCoy said.
"I think he’s playing good football," Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. "He played good football here; he’s playing good football there. He’s a good football player. Smart kid and good football player."
Other Chargers not practicing Wednesday were linebacker Jerry Attaochu (hamstring) and running back Donald Brown, who hasn’t been cleared to return after suffering a concussion in a victory against the New York Jets.
Running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and linebacker Manti Te’o (fractured foot) remain out indefinitely.
Wide receiver Eddie Royal, knocked out of Sunday’s victory with a rib injury, was a full participant at practice.
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