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Strong second half ends with injury for Tomlinson

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    The Chargers did more than stub their collective big toe in their last-play loss Sunday to the Carolina Panthers.
    Reigning NFL rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson came out of the season opener with an injured big toe, and though he shrugged it off as nothing serious after the game, and the team did not include it in the injury report, he did say his foot will be examined again Monday.
    After all the team has been through in trying to get tight end Antonio Gates back from his toe woes, excuse Chargers fans if they're a little nervous when it comes to anything involving podiatry.
    “It's not anything like Antonio's injury,” Tomlinson said. “Antonio came out in a boot after the game. It's not that bad. People don't need to freak out.”
    Tomlinson said the injury – he termed it “turf toe” – occurred on his next-to-last carry of the game, when he ran for 9 yards to earn the Chargers a first down at the Carolina 7. “The guy kind of landed on the back of my leg,” Tomlinson said.
    Tomlinson carried for only 1 yard on the next play, and then motioned to the sideline to be taken out. He never returned, with the Chargers scoring two plays later on a 5-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson.
    The ailment, however slight, and the outcome were a downer in an otherwise decent first outing for Tomlinson, who didn't play in the preseason and hadn't carried the ball in a real game since aggravating his knee injury on the fourth play of last year's AFC Championship Game at New England.
    After a collectively lethargic start by San Diego's offense against Carolina, Tomlinson broke out in the second half for 64 of his 97 yards rushing. That total is better than he had in nine of his first 11 games last season.
    Chicago stuffed Tomlinson in last year's opener, allowing him only 25 yards. But he did score a touchdown and the ending was better. The Chargers won that one.
    “This is a perfect example of how hard it's going to be for us this season, not taking anything for granted,” Tomlinson said. “ ... Today, with the slow start in the first half, it was kind of hard to overcome.”
    Tomlinson stirred up the cheers of “L.T.! L.T.!” on his very first touch of the season, when he bounced outside at the Chargers' 12 and scampered for 14 yards.
    But the going got considerably harder after that. Attribute it to L.T.'s rust, two new guys on the offensive line, or a stiff Panthers run defense, Tomlinson managed only 19 yards on seven carries the rest of the first half, and on three consecutive drives in the second and third quarters, he had rushes of 2, 2, 1 and 2 yards.
    “First games you're always going to see some things that they haven't done,” head coach Norv Turner said. “They had three or four wrinkles in their run defense that they hadn't really shown.”
    The bulk of the good runs came in a flurry in the third quarter. On the 51-yard drive to a field goal that gave the Chargers a 10-9 lead, Tomlinson ran on six of the 12 plays and caught a 6-yard pass. The key rush went for 9 yards on a fourth-and-1 effort at the Panthers' 36.

    By Tod Leonard
     
  2. P88F

    P88F BoltTalker

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    Puss suck it up! :tdown:
     
  3. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I saw that headline and felt all of this life rush out of me. I hope it's nothing serious. Oh please don't let it be anything serious!
     
  4. BeerGuy

    BeerGuy BoltTalker

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    Now you've got a glimpse at how I feel.:icon_eek:
     
  5. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    another toe injury? wtf?!
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    So this week we should expect a blog about how Marcy is trying to save LT from the evil Chargers?
     
  7. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    You mean like Parker did for 2 years? Please bro!
     
  8. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    lol, well two things dumbass. We can actually still make the playoffs without LT you cant without Brady. #2 We arent going to be missing LT for very long if at all...So go back to your dumbass Bahston pages and whine to them. We dont want to hear it.
     
  9. BeerGuy

    BeerGuy BoltTalker

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    I'm not so sure about that. Hopefully you won't need to find out, either.
     

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