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Oben returns to practice

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_notes_01.13463fa9.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise</a>

    By Jim Alexander

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/oben01.jpg" class="left" alt="Roman Oben" />SAN DIEGO - Roman Oben was back on the football field Wednesday for the first time in a month, which was a starting point and not much else.

    Oben tore the plantar fascia muscle in his left foot in the second half of the Oct. 30 victory over Kansas City, and the veteran left tackle had been sidelined since. After his first practice back, neither he nor Coach Marty Schottenheimer was ready to make any projections on Oben's availability for Sunday night's home game against the Raiders.

    "There's been significant progress week to week," Oben said. "But ... when you're a guy that doesn't get hurt and isn't supposed to get hurt, everyone is kind of like, 'What's wrong? When are you going to be back?' "

    Leander Jordan has taken Oben's place the past three games and has played reasonably well.

    "But that left tackle position is key," quarterback Drew Brees said. "And it will be good to have Roman back."

    Roster Moves

    Linebacker Ben Leber, hampered by a foot injury that will require surgery, was put on injured reserve Wednesday, allowing the Chargers to sign safety Scott McGarrahan to bolster their special teams play.

    McGarrahan, 31, is in his eighth NFL season and played the past two years with Tennessee, where he led or shared the team lead in special teams tackles. Previously, he spent two seasons in Miami and three in Green Bay.

    'The Greatest'

    After LaDainian Tomlinson's three touchdowns and 184 yards last Sunday at Washington, including a 41-yard scamper for the game-winning touchdown in overtime, Schottenheimer called Tomlinson the best running back he'd ever seen -- and yes, the coach said, he knew that took in territory that included Jim Brown and Gale Sayers.

    How did Tomlinson react?

    "It didn't embarrass me," he said. "But I've still got a long way to go. I'm only in my fifth year. By the time I'm ready to hang up my cleats, I hope a lot of other people feel that way. But I've still got a lot to prove."

    Tomlinson is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,086, trailing Seattle's Shaun Alexander by 253. He has 17 rushing touchdowns, second to Alexander's 20.

    He could bolster those stats Sunday against Oakland, since he has 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games against the Raiders, averaging 125.4 yards a game.
     

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