Was LaDanian Tomlinson really hurt? Or was he afraid to get pummeled by the Pats?
During Sunday’s game, LT left in the 1st quarter after aggravating his sore knee. But by the 2nd quarter, the Chargers had sent word to the Gillette Stadium press box that Tomlinson “can return”.
Which was news to LaDainian. He argued, “It’s obvious that I couldn’t play. If I could have played, I would have been in there.” And coach Norv Turner defended his running back after the game, telling reporters, “The doctors and trainers said he couldn’t go.”
So, who’s telling the truth here?
As Mark Kriegel of FOX SPORTS proposes about the coach, “If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was lying.”
(Kriegel: “You can trust this face…right?“)
PRO FOOTBALL TALK points out that providing such an announcement as “can return” makes it look like LT could have been back on the field, but it was his own choice to stay off. One media source had told PFT that such a game-day description by the Chargers is “virtually unprecedented.”
So, did LT chicken out? Or was S.D. management trying to shame their injured star RB back onto the turf? The Chargers were already using a QB who was missing an ACL.
Such infighting should make for an entertaining offseason at Qualcomm.