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LT to go in preseason again

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. August 17, 2009

    LaDainian Tomlinson is scheduled to play again Saturday in Arizona, marking the first time he has played in two games in the same preseason.

    Tomlinson, who touched the ball five times in the Chargers' exhibition opener this past Saturday, will combine with Darren Sproles to work as many as four series in the Chargers' backfield against the Cardinals, according to head coach Norv Turner.

    More importantly, the Chargers hope Tomlinson will on Saturday continue his and his team's catapult toward a more productive September.

    “This will hopefully help us get off to a better start,” Tomlinson has said many times in the past week regarding his suiting up and actually playing in the preseason for the first time since 2005.

    Turner points more to allowing big plays in the passing game than anything as the reason for the Chargers' poor beginnings to the past two seasons. But that doesn't mean Turner is not pleased by the attitude that has characterized Chargers training camp this year.

    “The sense of urgency is great,” Turner said. “I really believe it's coming from our players. We know why we have started slow. . . . But if we create a sense of urgency – everyone in the organization, coaches and players – it will help us in September.”

    There really isn't much difference in the way Turner is going about things. He doesn't discount the need for a good start – for confidence, momentum and not having to dig out of a hole. But he won't sacrifice the team's recent December dominance either.

    So while practices have been more spirited, Turner isn't overdoing it. In fact, he eliminated this morning's practice and players don't have to report back to Chargers Park until 1 p.m. The Chargers will go twice tomorrow instead of the scheduled one practice.

    “From a scheduling standpoint I haven't compromised my mindset of making sure we don't wear ourselves out,” he said. “There's a fine line.”

    The Chargers emerged healthy from Saturday's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

    Shawne Merriman played for the first time since having major knee surgery 11 months ago and was sore yesterday but said he felt good. And his postgame smile spoke volumes, signifying he considered Saturday to be a milestone.

    “It's going to be a progression every week,” Merriman said late Saturday. “It was a good start.”

    Turner said Buster Davis came out of the game healthy as well. The oft-injured receiver caught three passes and returned five kicks, taking a decent hit each time.

    “Our issues aren't the guys in uniform,” Turner said. “Our issues are getting some of these guys back on the field that haven't been able to practice.”

    To that end, Turner expects first-round draft pick Larry English (hamstring) and third-round pick Louis Vasquez (foot) to return to practice at some point this week and to likely play Saturday.

    Linebacker Stephen Cooper (ankle), defensive end Jacques Cesaire (calf) and cornerback Cletis Gordon (hamstring) are expected back in practice today.

    Defensive end Ryon Bingham suffered what Turner will classify only as an “arm injury.” Turner did acknowledge Bingham could be out for an extended period.
  2. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    If Bingham is out, our defensive line is now dangerously thin. I was worried about this going into training camp, because I really don't think that Vaughn will be ready to make a big contribution until next year. We might want to look at any veterans that get cut here in the next few weeks.
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    I'm not the first to ask why LT doesn't play in the preseason

    and I know for a fact fellow Boltheads have been screaming for more beef up front
  4. TheBeast

    TheBeast BoltTalker

    Dec 17, 2007
    Sweet :tup:

    Hope he plays the whole 1st quarter.
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