When the San Diego Chargers visit Arrowhead Stadium Sunday afternoon, they will be bringing up to four former Kansas City Chiefs players. The two most likely to see the field are running backs Jackie Battle and Le’Ron McClain.
Battle comes into the game as the Chargers leading rusher, averaging a Jamaal Charles-esque 7.3 yards per carry. McClain, meanwhile, has started two of San Diego’s three games, carrying the ball four times for 24 yards.
With the oft-injured starter Ryan Mathews returning to the Chargers backfield last week, both players saw their snaps decrease. But with them returning to the field they called home last season, San Diego head coach Norv Turner has seen extra fire from his backup running backs.
“I think anytime you go back and play against guys you know extremely well it brings out a little bit extra in you,” Turner said Thursday. “I think we’ve seen that a little bit in practice this week.”
One former Chief that hasn’t been able to show much in practice this week is offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Turner doesn’t think Gaither’s back injury will allow him to play against his former team.
“I think it would be very difficult. I watched him do it before. He did it a year ago [after being released by the Chiefs]. He came here on a Wednesday and played in a Monday night game. We knew nothing about him so we’ll just see how he feels tomorrow (Friday).”
After barely playing for Kansas City a year ago despite a black hole starting at right tackle, Gaither immediately jumped into the starting lineup for the Chargers final five games of the season. He has been unable to see any action for San Diego in 2012.