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Tomlinson not expected to practice Wednesday

The offseason puff pieces have been written, complete with references to quieting the “critics” and the “haters.”  The talk about whether LaDainian Tomlinson is still the “best back in the league” is now old news

Just one day after the season opener, Tomlinson is once again fighting a battle against father time that running backs over 30 years old rarely win.

Tomlinson is not expected to practice Wednesday after hurting his ankle, which isn’t surprising.  The San Diego Union-Tribune believes that Tomlinson’s status against the Ravens will come down to a game-time decision.

Look, we’re not going to bury Tomlinson just because he’s hurt going into Week Two.  But his inability to stay healthy is a trend, and it’s one that usually doesn’t improve with age.

Chargers coach Norv Turner spoke earlier in the offseason about getting Tomlinson 320 carries this season, but all parties may be better off with a reduced workload.

Tomlinson may not give Turner a choice.

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32 Responses to “Tomlinson not expected to practice Wednesday”
  1. JSpicoli says: Sep 15, 2009 3:56 PM


  2. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 15, 2009 3:57 PM

    LT won’t even sniff 1,000 yards.
    This off seasons biggest move should have been:
    Larry Johnson

  3. Brett Favre Now a Viking! says: Sep 15, 2009 4:00 PM

    We are better off using the “Wiggler” as RB anyway…

  4. Merriman's Dealer says: Sep 15, 2009 4:03 PM

    Injuries are part of the game and hes getting his monies worth of them now. He’ll never be the same as 2006 but who besides himself really expected him to be?
    I wouldnt say he’s done. He’s just very close to the end. Unless he finds the fountain of youth before January I cant see him being on the roster next year.

  5. nato2424 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:10 PM

    DONE! and he thought he was still the best back in the league. Not even top 15

  6. snnyjcbs says: Sep 15, 2009 4:17 PM

    Classic Tomlinson of late, the Oakland Raiders shut him down flat, they shut down Sroles flat as well.
    You could see the look on his face on the sidelines, he was stunned. His Chargers managed a whole 74 total yards in the first half.
    Tomlinson is not injured, it is his way of trying to have people look past what happened to him on Monday Night against the Raiders.
    Charger fans do not worry he will play in your next game because the hurt his ankle on the fumble run is pure fantasy to try and save his pride.

  7. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Sep 15, 2009 4:19 PM

    Injury report should look as follows:
    Tomlinson, LaDainian RB: Questionable(bruised ego)

  8. milehiclown says: Sep 15, 2009 4:23 PM

    There is an echo echo echo: DONE.

  9. turduckenman says: Sep 15, 2009 4:25 PM

    The wheels are coming off unfortunately.

  10. slipkid says: Sep 15, 2009 4:28 PM

    visor boy!

  11. WashingtonRedOookies says: Sep 15, 2009 4:29 PM

    How much better would the Chargers have been over the past few years if they had kept Michael Turner? I’ve never seen anyone talk about this in the media but I think it has to be one of the biggest personnel gaffes of the last few years. Michael Turner in the line up would have got them to at least one superbowl if not more.

  12. gosox2673 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:32 PM

    aaron wilson FTW

  13. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Sep 15, 2009 4:37 PM

    In his defense he has always started the season slow. He may yet break 1000 yards… he’s probably already at a closer pace than he started last year.

  14. sportsindex says: Sep 15, 2009 4:38 PM

    Here is some audio from Norv talking about the injuries from last nights game and whether the injured players will practice this week. “>>

  15. this class sucks says: Sep 15, 2009 4:51 PM

    Frank Gore had 19 carries for 30 yards. Does that mean he is done? Maybe? Does it mean the Cardinals were ready for him? Yes. I think the Raiders have a much better defense than most people expected and they had one focus, shut down the run. They got to LT early and made it very hard for him to get in a groove. He is certainly past his prime, but I don’t we should jump to any bold conclusions based off one game.
    Personally I think he probably is finished and looking at a sub 500 yard season, but we should wait until at least week 3 to make a conclusion, anything before that is sheer guess work.

  16. Bearfan54 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:55 PM

    Lt is not as good as He thinks he is. Always injured. I think he would be a good backup running back.

  17. moral-authority says: Sep 15, 2009 5:00 PM

    Let’s lay off Tomlinson (refuse to call him “LT”), he was the best back for a long while. It’s not over for him at all. He just can’t do the things he used to. Purple Jesus is the flavor & it taste damn good!!! Thanks for the memories as the best & continue to add to your legacy as a classy guy with great skill & talent.

  18. CapsLockKey says: Sep 15, 2009 5:18 PM

    McFarland nailed it when they made his action figure.

  19. Clark says: Sep 15, 2009 5:42 PM

    Is it the post season already? My how time flys!

  20. Ravens Macg says: Sep 15, 2009 5:44 PM

    If he plays against the Ravens it will be more than his ego that gets bruised!

  21. fellorio says: Sep 15, 2009 6:40 PM

    Can’t beat Wiggler with a stick, but where are the 340 carries comin’ from?

  22. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Sep 15, 2009 7:26 PM

    I think LT still has a little tread on those tires but last night he looked slower than usual. I’m not sure if he’s done though because I might have been comparing LT in the hole to Sproles. Sproles is just much much faster at this point but to LT’s defense there was just absolutely nowhere to run. The Oak DLine just smashed on the line of scrimmage. Neither Rivers or LT/Sproles had any help from the OL yesterday.

  23. VegasBronco says: Sep 15, 2009 7:30 PM

    Chargers, by way of AJ Smith signing Tomlinson to an extention, just wasted $8 million dollars.

  24. BasicInstinct says: Sep 15, 2009 7:52 PM

    LT is done!!!!!

  25. daddyko_las vegas_the nation says: Sep 15, 2009 7:55 PM

    ….their is only one LT – “no player is bigger than the game” little lt had it right after the fumble last night “my bad” move on……….

  26. as big as a hat says: Sep 15, 2009 8:21 PM

    Running backs die young, but they die hard. LT has been on the decline since he started believing his own press, but if he starts the season against Oakland and can’t get it going, he’s got a fork in him.

  27. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 15, 2009 8:59 PM

    There seems to be plenty of LT haters commenting on every article that mentions him, usually Vikings fans coming to the defense of Peterson. The sad thing is that Peterson will probably be lucky to have the same length of career that Tomlinson has and will probably see his decline happen much sooner due to his running style. He already has quite an injury history going back to college. Look at his rookie season after his knee injury for the last 7 games he was pretty pedestrian.

  28. CHILDPLEASE says: Sep 15, 2009 9:29 PM

    I won’t say he’s done. He is a china doll. He can’t stay healthy I expect him back by week 8 no sooner than week 6 and he won’t finish the season. Good luck Cha Cha’s. Your offensive and defensive lines looked horrible last night. You have all lost a step and took a beating. You got lucky.

  29. MasterShake says: Sep 15, 2009 11:03 PM

    Peterson looked pedestrian in his last seven games of his rookie season.
    Stupid crap like this is astonishing. Anyone can pick an area to expose something that they want to see. To bad ignorant monkeys can’t see the better of AD. Even after his “pedestrian” seven games, he’s still only topped by two, count em, two RB’s in yards in their first two years. LT isn’t one of them by the way. Neither RB is horrible, they both were\are pretty damn awesome. Maybe some of you should just admire and respect what you get to see on Sunday’s. (Blackout excluded)

  30. sevendollarbologna says: Sep 15, 2009 11:48 PM

    What wrong LT? got sand in your pussy again!?

  31. prettybrat says: Sep 16, 2009 11:36 AM

    okay first of all everyone has to realize that LT is getting old.
    hes not as good as he use to be, you cant expect him to be.
    hes a good football player no matter what. and he was the best.
    now its time for him just to play..not be the best but to do his best.
    ithink everyone should just stop talking bad about him cus ibet your werent saying these things a few years ago.
    now we have sproles..and ithink hes a pretty good running back.
    im thankful for having him on the team.
    and for LT and SPROLES hater’ guys can all suck it!
    talking bad, doesnt make you any good.

  32. LightningLucci says: Sep 16, 2009 12:36 PM

    “Stupid crap like this is astonishing. Anyone can pick an area to expose something that they want to see.”
    Here’s a fact, and it’s not a knock on AP, but in his first season alone, AP missed more games than Tomlinson has missed in his whole career.
    Tomlinson missed one regular season game ever, and that was a week 17 rest-for-the-playoffs miss. He missed one game in the playoffs, and two more if you count the “tried-to-go” games where he played a little in the first quarter before giving way to Turner/Sproles.
    But hey, it’s Tomlinson, who’s soft. It’s Tomlinson who disappears in the playoffs, despite the fact that he had a few good playoff games before those injuries.
    The bottom line is that when you’re the best, there will always be plenty of critics looking to tear you down.
    Now that AP gets to be the best for a while, it will soon be his turn. No, wait…those critics are already here!
    AP’s running style will get him hurt. AP can’t play on 3rd down. AP can’t catch passes.
    Blah, blah, blah.

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