Is LT Set to Spear the Chiefs?

Ready for a big day from LaDainian Tomlinson? The Chargers' stellar back sets his sights on the NFL's worst run defense when the Kansas City Chiefs visit on Sunday.

LaDainian Tomlinson is coming off just his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has started to show the burst and wiggle in the recent loss to the Saints which separates him from other backs. A stubborn toe injury had robbed him of that for most of the season's first half.

If Tomlinson is feeling chipper down the stretch, it's hard to overstate how critical that is for the Chargers.

He enters Sunday's outing able to move up the all-time rushing list to No. 15 with 41 rushing yards. Tomlinson should do that and more against the Chiefs.

Tomlinson, though, knows his numbers are down. His 551 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns represent the lowest total after eight games in his eight-year career.


RB LaDainian Tomlinson
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That is a long way from rushing for more than 1,400 yards and collecting and NFL-record 28 rushing touchdowns in 2006.

That great year often works against Tomlinson. When he can't produce equally eye-popping numbers, people wonder why.

"That's something that I really don't worry about, to be honest with you," he said. "Because a lot of things you can't control when it comes to this game. Injuries are one, and the way a game plays out is another."

The Chargers' big plays Sunday could come from some big runs. The offensive line's run-blocking has taken strides and Tomlinson is fit. That combo -- with a dash of the Chiefs' shaky run defense -- is a recipe for a productive day for Tomlinson.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

-- WR Chris Chambers (ankle) was a limited participant Thursday but is expected to start Sunday. This injury might be something he needs to monitor for the near future.

-- CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) didn't go through the entire workout Thursday. But he will start Sunday. If it starts to bother him, Cletis Gordon would likely step in.

-- TE Antonio Gates is expected to go through a full week of practice as he worked again Thursday. Gates is moving very well of late after battling hip and toe injuries.

-- CB Quentin Jammer had to leave the last game with severe cramps in his hamstring. The condition hasn't returned and he has practiced - but it's worth watching.

-- WR Buster Davis has missed the past three games but didn't miss a practice this week with his groin problem. Davis, a first-round pick last year, needs to show the Chargers he can stay on the practice field and game field.


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