Tomlinson, Merriman up for weekly awards

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is up for FedEx Ground honors and linebacker Shawne Merriman has been nominated for Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week.

After rushing for three touchdowns and earning another touchdown through the air, LaDainian Tomlinson is a three-time winner of the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week Award this year.

Tomlinson scored a hat trick against the Raiders, catching a 35-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees, scoring another touchdown on a seven-yard run, and throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Justin Peelle. He also won the award following a 134-yard, twotouchdown performance in a 41-17 win over New England on Oct. 2 and again after a 192-yard, three-touchdown effort in a 45-23 ESPN Sunday Night Football win over the New York Giants on Sept. 25.

His four scores on Sunday against the Jets established a career-high.

Shawne Merriman is up for the Rookie of the Week award for the second time in as many weeks.

He recorded a team-leading seven tackles and one sack in the Chargers' 31-26 victory over the New York Jets. Merriman sacked Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger for an eight-yard loss midway through the fourth quarter with the Jets driving. He has five sacks this season.

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