Tomlinson vows he will play on Sunday


Oct 14, 2005

By Jay Posner

December 8, 2005

LaDainian Tomlinson missed practice yesterday and was – surprise – listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Miami, but the Chargers' star running back said there was "no doubt" he would play.

"(Coach) Marty (Schottenheimer) just told me to take it easy," said Tomlinson, who suffered bruised ribs during last week's victory over Oakland. "I'm feeling a lot better, but when he said take it easy I said, 'OK, that's fine.' "

Tomlinson said his injury is confined to "a very small area" and he wasn't sure if he would wear extra padding Sunday. He also said he didn't know if he would practice today.

Asked about practice today, Schottenheimer said, "I don't know. Whatever he wants to do."

After he finished laughing, Schottenheimer said, "We'll take a look at it and see how he's doing. We're not real concerned about it."

Tomlinson said after the game he didn't know how he suffered the injury, but yesterday he indicated he knew exactly what happened. He just wasn't willing to share everything he knew.

"It was a situation where, being the Raiders, you kind of expect it to happen," said Tomlinson, who was injured on a 3-yard run up the middle during the second quarter.

A television reporter said someone had e-mailed the station to say they saw a Raiders defender sticking his knuckles into Tomlinson's side. A replay seemed to indicate the guilty party was linebacker Danny Clark.

"I will say somebody must have been paying close attention to the play to (see that)," Tomlinson said, smiling.

Said quarterback Drew Brees: "I heard the guy was giving him a little bit extra at the bottom of the pile."

A Raider?

"Yeah, imagine that," Brees said.

Trade secrets
Figure Chargers No. 3 quarterback A.J. Feeley and his counterpart with Miami, Cleo Lemon, to be popular in the meeting rooms this week. The two were traded for each other Oct. 18 and obviously have information to share.

"They've asked me a couple things about certain players," Feeley said. "I'm more than willing. I'm proud to be a Charger and I'll do anything I can to help this team."

Said Miami defensive end Jason Taylor: "A.J. was here and knows our program and you've got to use every avenue you can to get an advantage. I'm sure they're going to do that, and we'll approach it no differently."

Miami has one more source: offensive line coach Hudson Houck served in the same role for the Chargers the past three seasons.

"He's definitely in their defensive staff meeting room," tackle Shane Olivea said, "but it still comes down to you have to stop us. You can know everything in the world, but you still have to stop us."

Said Schottenheimer: "I think that stuff tends to be overrated."

Nuts 'n' Bolts
With Kassim Osgood going on injured reserve after undergoing surgery yesterday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, wide receiver Malcom Floyd was signed off the practice squad. Linebacker Roger Cooper, a rookie from Montana State, was signed to the practice squad.

Linebacker Ben Leber, who went on IR last week, had ankle surgery Tuesday.

Tackle Roman Oben (foot), who has missed the last four games, participated in some scout team work but otherwise did not practice. He is listed as questionable.

Miami defensive tackle Keith Traylor is not expected to play Sunday after having arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday.