Some good news for the offensive line
SAN DIEGO - The Chargers are hoping their unsettled offensive line becomes a little more settled Monday in Jacksonville.

As the Chargers try to shake their six-game losing streak, they got some encouraging news from Thursday's practice. It wasn't all good, but the way things have been going for the last-place Chargers, they can't be picky.

Offensive lineman Tyronne Green, who has missed the past two games, was able to work and it looks as if he will play Monday. Although just where he lines up remains a mystery.

Left tackle Brandyn Dombrowski, who suffered an ankle injury last week, hasn't worked this week. Dombrowski is filling in for Pro Bowler Marcus McNeill after he was placed on injured reserve this week with a concussion.

If Dombrowski's ankle won't cooperate, the Chargers likely send Green, an interior player, out wide to guard Philip Rivers' blind side.

If so, veteran Tony Moll or rookie Steve Schilling slides into the left-guard spot. Green had replaced Pro Bowler Kris Dielman who earlier this year went on injured reserve with a concussion. Moll likely gets the nod if Green is pushed outside.

Another sore spot is right guard, where Louis Vasquez has been slowed by an ankle sprain that has cost him the past two games. But Vasquez was able to take all the snaps and should be able to start Sunday. The question is if his ankle will hold up against the active and aggressive Jaguars' defense.

--The last-place Chargers limp into maybe the only city to face a team reeling more than them: hello, Jacksonville Jaguars.

It's a Monday night game that has all the bells and whistles that comes with being the only game being played in prime time.

But neither of these teams are worthy of gracing a marquee. The Chargers (4-6) stagger in hoisting a six-game losing streak to battle a franchise that just found a new owner and is looking for a new coach.

It's likely the Chargers will be in the same boat regarding the latter. Last Sunday's overtime loss to the Broncos came with the sense that coach Norv Turner won't be coming back for a sixth season.

But first there is this year, and funny as it sounds, the Chargers are still alive. Although in trailing the first-place Raiders by three games with five to play, even the most die-hard Bolts believer is having a hard time keeping the faith.

It's easy to see why as this disappointing season chugs along, with the Chargers looking worse, not better, with every single loss.

Playoffs? Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will leave that video nugget to former Colts coach Jim Mora.

"I could give you the famous playoffs sound bite we all know," Rivers said. "We're just trying to win a game."

It seemed like the Chargers picked the right rival, with the Jaguars sitting at 3-8 and losing three of their previous four games.

But nothing is a slam dunk for the Chargers, especially considering how tough the Jaguars defense can be and what a chore it is for any team - especially one with an ineffective run defense like the Chargers - to stop Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Chargers though can't be concerned with who they play or where. They just need to erase this terrible funk that has followed them since they beat the Broncos way back on Oct. 9. "We have to just find a way to get out of it," safety Eric Weddle said. "Going through struggles like this shows true character of who you are and what you're about during tough times."

In some ways, maybe the Chargers relish a trip away from San Diego - and how strange does that sound.