COSTA MESA, Calif. -- As expected, linebacker Jatavis Brown returned to practice on Friday after giving his ankle a rest during the week.
Brown leads the Chargers with a combined 41 tackles, good enough for second in the NFL. If Brown can't go, Lynn said Nick Dzubnar would start and wear the green dot as the player with the radio communication on the field.
"I'm going to watch the tape here in a minute and see how he practiced today," Lynn said. "But we rested him on Wednesday and Thursday, so today [Friday] and tomorrow [Saturday] will be big for him."
With Oliver not available, undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler should get more time and touches on Sunday.
"He's given looks for the other team, and then when he's gotten his opportunities, he's made the most of them," Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said about Ekeler. "It's a credit to him and the way he's worked. You're excited for the young man because he's a shining example for young guys, to show them this is how you have to work."
Also, with Oliver out, Lynn said running back Andre Williams could be promoted from the practice squad to the active roster to play against his former team, the New York Giants.
Lynn said Williams is expected to play. If Barksdale can't go, Michael Schofield would make his second start of the season.