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Sproles more sore, but workload doesn't worry Turner

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    8:38 p.m. September 24, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – Darren Sproles has been in the NFL since 2005. He's played in 53 games, including the postseason.

    Remarkably, more than 10 percent of his career touches have come in the first two games of this season.

    And while Chargers head coach Norv Turner wouldn't want to wear out his dynamo in this manner over a full season, he is going to ride Sproles while he can and while he has to.

    LaDainian Tomlinson missed practice again yesterday and seems destined to miss his second straight game Sunday, so Sproles and Michael Bennett will be the tailbacks against Miami.

    After Bennett carried just four times to Sproles' 10 in Sunday's loss to Baltimore, Turner said he would have liked to use Bennett more. But it's not because he thinks he has to.

    “Over a long period of time that (would be) a concern,” Turner said of the 5-foot-6, 185-pound Sproles' heavy workload. “But I know how it's going to work. When LT comes back, it's going to be, 'How come Sproles isn't getting more (touches)?' We're in a situation where we need to do everything we can to be productive.”
    Sproles is doing that.

    Between kickoff and punt returns, rushes and receptions, Sproles has touched the ball 43 times this season.

    That's the second-highest two-game total in his career. He had 57 touches in last year's two playoff games.
    Sproles had 369 total touches, regular and postseason, coming into 2009.

    His 524 all-purpose yards this season represent almost precisely 10 percent of his career total of 5,273.

    Sproles said he hasn't changed his midweek routine since being more active, but he is a little more sore on Monday and Tuesday.

    “It's not bad,” he said. “ When I'm in the game, I don't think about it. You're going off adrenaline.”
    Turner did reiterate Thursday, “I want to get Michael Bennett more involved when we can.”
    While the Chargers again had only one sack in Sunday's game, they had four knockdowns and four hurries on Joe Flacco.

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman knocked Flacco down twice and hurried him once. Defensive end Luis Castillo had a knockdown and a hurry in addition to his sack.

    “Now we've got to get sacks,” linebacker Shaun Phillips said.
    The Chargers blitzed 16 times on the Ravens' 27 passes, representing a 25 percent increase over the season opener.

    Tackle Marcus McNeill, guard Kris Dielman and safety Eric Weddle returned to practice after missing a day due to illness. But safety Kevin Ellison and linebacker Brandon Siler missed Thursday with the bug.

    Others who continued to miss practice: guard Louis Vasquez (knee), Merriman (groin), linebacker Antwan Applewhite (hamstring) and defensive lineman Travis Johnson (groin). Of those, only Merriman is expected to play Sunday.

    Linebacker Stephen Cooper (ankle) and punter Mike Scifres (groin) were limited in practice.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    The 21 accepted penalties against the Chargers are most in the league. The Chargers have been flagged 23 times, also tops.

    Just 40 percent of the Chargers' first-down plays are gaining 4 yards or more, 26th in the league. Their average of 8.27 yards to go on second down is 20th.
  2. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Just give Bennett some more touches to take the work load off, you dope.
  3. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005

    Sproles is used to the workload. He WAS the workhorse at K-State, touching the ball 40+ times per game.
  4. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007
    As long as we aren't calling some dude who's out of the league selling phones at a mall kiosk, to run the football.
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  5. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005

    "Did someone call my name?"

    -- Maurice Clarett
  6. Lightning's Girl

    Lightning's Girl Mod Chick =) Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 15, 2007

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Doesn't worry Turner?

    He used to talk like that during his days with the Redskins. :icon_evil:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I love watching Sproles play but I also worry about him. It only takes one good shot and the party could be over. I just hope we use Bennett more this week to lighten the little big mans load.

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