Chargers president reaches out to LT
Updated: January 16, 2009, 3:16 PM ETAssociated Press
The Chargers have to be prepared for the day when LaDainian Tomlinson can't be their go-to running back any longer. Blog
The team declined to make Spanos available for further comment. Tomlinson didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. Tomlinson hurt his groin in the regular-season finale against Denver on Dec. 28. He started the wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis but came out after scoring a touchdown early in the second quarter. The Chargers went on to beat the Colts 23-17 in overtime, carried by Darren Sproles' 328 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. Tomlinson didn't suit up against Pittsburgh, which beat the Chargers 35-24 . The Steelers held Sproles, who'll become an unrestricted free agent, to 15 yards on 11 carries. After the Broncos game, the Chargers announced that Tomlinson had a strained groin. Reports surfaced the day of the playoff game against the Colts that Tomlinson had a detached tendon that connects one of his groin muscles to his pubic bone. Four days later, Tomlinson - long the franchise's most brutally honest employee - confirmed that he had a detached tendon and practically scoffed at the team's public diagnosis. "If it was a strain I'd be able to play with it, trust me," Tomlinson said. "A lot of guys have strains." General manager A.J. Smith was livid that the severity of Tomlinson's injury was revealed and called out the player's camp.
Scott A. Miller/US PRESSWIREThe Chargers' plans for LaDainian Tomlinson have yet to be discussed by the organization, team president Dean Spanos says.
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