CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11: Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos strips the ball from Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos' two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was injured at Carolina last weekend but medical tests this week showed no torn muscles or ligaments.
Dumervil hasn't practiced all week but said Thursday that his goal is to play against the Chargers.
He had a similar injury to the same shoulder that sidelined him for two games and most of a third last season, but Dumervil said this injury is "nowhere near" as serious or as painful as that one was.
Dumervil, half of Denver's "Doom & Gloom" pass-rushing duo with second-year star Von Miller, has seven sacks and an AFC-high five forced fumbles to go with Miller's 10 sacks.
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