Chargers tackle attends court hearing

Updated: October 7, 2003, 7:19 PM ET

SAN DIEGO -- Defensive tackle Leonardo Carson missed the San Diego Chargers' first bye week practice Tuesday to make a court appearance on burglary and kidnapping charges in Mobile, Ala.

Carson was arrested Aug. 21 in Mobile, his hometown, for investigation of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.

According to the Mobile police, a woman told officers that Carson had forcibly entered an apartment, physically assaulted her and forced her into his vehicle. At the time, he was on leave from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Also Tuesday, defensive end Adrian Dingle and linebacker Carlos Polk underwent minor surgery to clean debris from their knees. Both are expected to be ready to practice a week from Wednesday, when the team starts preparing for its next game, Oct. 19 at Cleveland.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson also didn't practice because of a minor calf injury.

"We just want to make sure he doesn't overdo it," coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

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