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Old 01-04-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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LT's injury may be more serious
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SAN DIEGO -- LaDainian Tomlinson is perhaps hurt worse than the team is letting on, Darren Sproles is sore from all the running he did in a thrilling wild-card win, and the San Diego Chargers are worried about the weather and the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense.

Still the playoffs march on.

The Chargers finally jumped above .500 and earned a rematch against the Steelers by outlasting Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 23-17 in overtime Saturday night.

Tomlinson didn't play after scoring on a 3-yard run in the second quarter. He looked uncomfortable standing on the sideline, appearing to have a hard time standing straight up.

Asked about his short-term health, Tomlinson said: "I'm worried about my health. I'm very concerned."

The Chargers continue to say Tomlinson has a strained groin. Reports surfaced Saturday that Tomlinson has a detached tendon.

"It's a strained groin. That's what our medical report is," Chargers coach Norv Turner said.

"I don't think it's any worse, but it isn't any better," Turner said. "They said he was pretty sore around that area, probably from compensating for the injury. It was obvious once he got going, to him and to us, that he would not be able to play the way he'd like to. At halftime they worked on him, tried to get him to where he could go in the second half. But it just wasn't going to happen."

A glum Tomlinson didn't clarify the nature of his injury after the win over the Colts.

"It's a medical issue," he said. "That's all I'll say about it. I'm not a doctor, and I'm not going to stand up here and act like one."

Asked if he was advised to have surgery, he said: "I can't answer that."

Is it realistic to think Tomlinson will get better in a week?

"To be honest with you, I don't know," Turner said. "That sounds like the questions I was asking about two hours ago, you know, how much better can he get? Is time the factor? If he didn't play this week, would it be better if we were fortunate enough to win, would it be better in two weeks, where it would give him a realistic chance to be at his best?

"It's not fair to him," Turner added. "He wanted to go. Anyone that questions his mental toughness, his physical toughness, his competitiveness from a year ago, he's one of the great competitors I've been around. We've got to make the right decision and I think L.T. wants to make the right decision, too, so that's why we'll evaluate as the week goes on."

The Chargers anticipate a cold, hard-hitting divisional-round game Sunday at Pittsburgh.

"That'll be a factor in how you play the game, and when you get in those games, obviously running the ball and playing defense are critical," Turner said.

It will be a rematch of a Steelers win at home Nov. 16. Not only was it the first 11-10 score in NFL history, but it was the first of three straight losses that appeared to all but doom the Chargers.

"We did a great job defensively back there," said Turner, whose team got into the playoffs after winning the AFC West at 8-8. "We gave up a lot of yards, but we had a great goal-line stand and we held them out. We had some missed opportunities on offense.

"As I said before the Indianapolis game, I believe we're a lot better team now than we were six weeks ago or eight weeks ago. So that's going to be a part of it. You're in the playoffs and you're playing a team that's got home-field advantage and is an outstanding team. We're going to have to be at our best."

The Chargers held the Steelers without a touchdown that day, although the officials errantly took away a last-second touchdown by safety Troy Polamalu.

The Chargers fell to 0-13 in regular-season games in Pittsburgh. However, they've won twice there in the playoffs, in a wild-card game in January 1983 and a shocking upset in the AFC Championship Game in January 1995, resulting in the only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

Sproles had 328 all-purpose yards against the Colts, including the winning 22-yard touchdown run in overtime.

"We've got him packed in ice back in the training room right now," Turner said jokingly. "We'll let him out on Friday.

"He was absolutely exhausted," Turner added. "If we gave him the ball one more time, he would have done anything he could to get in the end zone. He's an unbelievable guy and we'll get him a lot of rest this week."

They may need him again.

Tomlinson missed most of last season's AFC Championship Game with a sprained ligament in his left knee and stood on the sidelines huddled in a parka, wearing his helmet with a tinted visor. Some people criticized Tomlinson's toughness then, but the Chargers themselves had provided an optimistic update on his injury, announcing in the press box that Tomlinson had a "sore knee" and that he "can return."

Afterward, Tomlinson said: "It's obvious that I couldn't play. If I could have played, I would have been in there."

General manager A.J. Smith did not return calls seeking comment on Tomlinson's injury.

Turner said the Chargers would get Michael Bennett ready to play more. He was signed in November.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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For those of you who were worried...its "LT"...not "LLT" who is injured. I'm okay.

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Actually, LT has not been that major of a factor all year for us. So his injury is not as bad as last year, even though we also had Turner. Sproles has done remarkable, although in my opinion he should be used a bit less on offense.

However, Michael Bennet had better not be an afterthought to the Pittsburgh DC. He had four runs in the Indy game, but three of them for significant gains that helped sustain drives. It should also be noted that Philip Rivers has never worked with Bennet with significance until the past week. With a full week to prepare, Bennet should provide at least a threat to watch for to allow a vastly improved Rivers run a reenergized offense.
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First, I am glad that LLT is OK. Second, I read that Tomlinson has a detached hip aductor, so really dont think he would be a factor anyways.

Finally, Michael Bennett is an afterthought, just as he was in Minnesota, Tampa and KC. The Steelers run Defense has seen much better RB's all season and Sproles is the only real threat on the ground. The real threat will be Gates, as there is no way Vinny Jackson gets anything on Ike Taylor. In fact, I would chalk up one big hit on a WR by Ryan Clark. The guy has been off for 3 weeks and is Jonesin' to get another fine.
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For those of you who were worried...its "LT"...not "LLT" who is injured. I'm okay.

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no shit it's worse than thought.. it's not a sprain groin..

u don't come out and say the guy has a detached tendon w/o any evidence.. The man is effed til next yr

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What kills me is the "more serious" idea.

A detached tendon in the groin...I can't think of anything more serious than that.

I mentioned it my wife earlier and she said "ouch" that even hurts me to hear.

Torn Tendon in the Groin.

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You know what's crazy, Chargers fans act like LT isn't the guy that got them everywhere. Like Sproles can just come in and take up the slack for a real deal legitimate future HOFer. What a joke these SD fans are.
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However, Michael Bennet had better not be an afterthought to the Pittsburgh DC
I don't think you'll have to worry about that happening. If he runs well against us, it'll be because he earned it. Darkside Dick won't overlook anybody.
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sproles has the ability to be an effective back...but not against the steelers, i dont see him gaining more than 55 yards on the ground
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