So as Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson prepares for his first football season on the wrong side of 30, how does he plan to ensure that he’ll be healthy enough to take reps in January?
By taking more of them in August.
Per the Associated Press, Tomlinson wants to play in preseason games. He hasn’t done so since 2005.
“I want to play,” Tomlinson said Monday. “We’ll see where that takes us.
It’s one thing for me to want to play and then it’s another thing, the
coaches make the decision. We’ll see where we end up.”
We applaud the guy for being anxious, but it’s more important for him to be smart. And we hope that his ego won’t push him to try to prove that he still can continue to bring it like he did when he had more tread showing on the tires and fewer days spent on earth.
Otherwise, he’ll be sitting on the sidelines — again — if the Chargers make it to the postseason.