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Chargers' Tomlinson expects to play

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txchargerstomlinson&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PA SportsTicker</a>

    <img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080113/capt.047bec40720342e3b27b00781a22780a.chargers_colts_football_nad113.jpg" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson (21) picks up 8 yards against Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis (98) in the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Indianapolis." align="left" height="241" width="213" />SAN DIEGO (TICKER)"  -- San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday said he expects to play in next Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.

    Tomlinson suffered a bruised right knee in Sunday's 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

    "I think they have me listed as questionable," Tomlinson said Monday. "I'm pretty sure I'll be able to play."

    The injury occurred with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, when Tomlinson was hit by Marlin Jackson at the end of an 8-yard run.

    Tomlinson said he does not know when he will be able to return to practice.

    "I'm not sure yet," he said. "We'll get as much treatment as we can."

    The 2006 league Most Valuable Player, Tomlinson was seen rubbing the inside of his left knee and later riding a stationary bike after he left Sunday's game. While the team announced his return as probable, Tomlinson never left the sideline.

    After the game, Tomlinson said he thought he could have went back into the game, but the knee stiffened up on him and the decision was made to keep him out.

    Quarterback Philip Rivers also was injured and forced out of the game on the final play of the third quarter.

    Rivers was injured on a seemingly harmless play. He threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on the final play of the third quarter, but appeared to land awkwardly and limped off the field.

    Backup Billy Volek replaced Rivers and led the go-ahead touchdown drive, capping it with a 1-yard sneak with 5:17 left to play.

    Rivers insisted he was fine and said he could have gone back in if needed - but did not want to break Volek's rhythm.

    "It's nothing with the left knee," Rivers said. "It was an injury from Tennessee and I'm not sure how it happened, but it's fine."

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