Jared Gaither expects to face BroncosA lack of practice time hasn't kept Jared Gaither from playing in the past.That may be the case again this week.The Chargers left tackle missed Thursday's practice with a groin strain. He suffered it on the third-to-last play of Sunday night's game against the Saints, playing through the injury despite it clearly hampering his mobility.Coach Norv Turner said earlier this week there is no tear and he is "confident" Gaither will play Monday night against the Broncos.Gaither stood on the rain-soaked field Thursday and took mental reps.In the locker room afterward, he was optimistic about his chances."I look forward to being out there," Gaither said. "I don't want to say 'why wouldn't I be?' but I don't see why not."His groin injured, unbeknownst to the Chargers sideline, Gaither finished Sunday's game with his team attempting to piece together a potential game-tying touchdown drive.It didn't go as he hoped.On second down, Saints defensive end Martez Wilson beat a limping Gaither around the edge, pressuring quarterback Philip Rivers to force an errant incomplete pass. On third down, Wilson did it again, this time for a sack that forced a game-clinching fumble."I got hurt, tried to find a way around it," Gaither said. "I was unsuccessful. Anytime there's 30 seconds left in the game, you want to try and find a way to get it done, not only for yourself but for your teammates. You want to be out there to get the win. ..."You want to be able to go out there and do your job. Some people get nicked up, I never had a groin (injury) before. I didn't know if it was going to be limit me much, and it limited me a lot."Gaither has proven he can play on a short practice week.Last year, he signed with the Chargers and, a few days later, was stout when starting at left tackle. This season, he made his return from a back injury against the Chiefs despite just one full practice in a two-month span.Kicker Nate Kaeding (groin) was the only other Chargers player to miss Thursday's practice, which was in shorts and shells. Running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) and right tackle Jeromey Clary (foot) practiced in full after resting Wednesday.Wide receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring) was limited with soreness. Cornerback Shareece Wright (ankle), working for the second straight day, was also limited.Everyone else was a full participant.