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Twelfth month is LT’s month

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com

    Prior to last Sunday’s win at Kansas City, running back LaDainian Tomlinson stressed the importance of hitting stride down the stretch. While LT was speaking on a team level, he’s certainly done his part throughout his career.

    Tomlinson kicked off December with a 177-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Chiefs last week. He leads all active running backs with 3,083 career rushing yards in December (106.3 rush yards per game).

    The month of December has been LT’s best month in terms of rushing yards. He’s rushed for 2,283 in September, gained 2,495 on the ground in October and picked up 2,364 yards in November.

    “He takes great care of himself so he’s hitting a pretty good stride when we get to December,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “He’s a heck of a competitor.”

    In the final four games of this season, LT looks to cap yet another memorable season. He leads the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns this season and is third in the league in rushing with 1,049 rushing yards this season. He also enters Sunday’s game tied with MarvinHarrison for ninth on the all-time touchdown list with 123 (rushing and receiving).

    Special feature

    CBS’s 60 Minutes spent several hours with Tomlinson and his wife LaTorsha documenting LT’s accomplishments off the field as well as those on it. The piece will air Sunday night at 7 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.


    Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was limited in Wednesday’s practice and missed all of Thursday’s due to a sore calf. Turner described Merriman as “tender” but expects him to be able to practice Friday.

    Center Nick Hardwick and defensive end Jacques Cesaire returned to action Thursday after missing Wednesday but were limited. Cesaire practiced with his right hand in a club following a minor thumb operation he underwent Monday. Running back/return specialist Darren Sproles (knee) missed all of Thursday’s drills as well.

    For Tennessee, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (hamstring) missed a second-consecutive day of practice. Despite having nine stitches in his right middle finger, running back LenDale White returned to the practice field Thursday and is expected to play Sunday.

    Acting up

    Since arriving in San Diego, rookie Legedu Naanee has spent time at wide receiver, tight end and fullback. This week, he’s added another position in practice. Naanee, who played quarterback in high school and was a signal caller when he arrived at Boise State, is running the scout team offense this week. His big frame and athleticism allow him to imitate Titans quarterback Vince Young.

    First time

    The Chargers are the only AFC team that has never played in Nashville’s LP Field. They’ll make their first visit to the stadium Sunday. The Bolts’ only trip to the Music City was in 1998 when the then Tennessee Oilers were still playing at Vanderbilt Stadium.

    Several Chargers including former Titans Billy Volek and Lorenzo Neal have played in the stadium before and know the lay of the land. Turner believes the others will be caught up to speed with the team conducts its walkthrough at the LP Field on Saturday.

    Another honor

    The NFL announced Thursday that fans have voted Tomlinson the FedEx Ground Player of the Week following his performance at Kansas City. In conjunction with the award, the NFL will donate $5,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital in Tomlinson’s name.

    Moving on up

    Shawne Merriman’s three sacks Sunday gave him 36.5 for his career. That puts him on the brink of cracking the Chargers’ top 10 list in quarterback drops. Chris Mims and Burt Grossman are tied in the 9<SUP>th</SUP>/10<SUP>th</SUP> slot with 38 sacks with the Bolts.
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    For a guy whose a wuss and losing a step, LT's doing OK, despite his unfortunate handicaps and shortcomings.

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