The strained groin that kept Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson out of the second half and overtime in Saturday’s 23-17 wild-card victory over the Colts hasn’t gotten any worse, according to coach Norv Turner. But it hasn’t gotten any better, either.
Turner said Sunday that Tomlinson will be evaluated again Wednesday in a scenario that appears very similar to the one that played out last week for the Chargers. Tomlinson missed practice all week but was able to suit up against the Colts, rushing for 25 yards and one touchdown in the first half before he was pulled for good because of the injury.
“I think they said he was pretty sore around that area from probably compensating for the injury,” Turner said. “It was obvious once he got going, to him and us, that he would not be able to play the way that he’d like to. At halftime, they worked on him and tried to get him where he could go in the second half. It just wasn’t going to happen.”
Turner was asked if it was realistic to believe that Tomlinson could definitively improve during a week of preparation before facing the Steelers in an AFC divisional-round game next Sunday in Pittsburgh.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know,” Turner conceded. “That sounds like the question I was asking about two hours ago. ‘How much better can he get? Is time a factor? If he didn’t play this week, would it be better if we were fortunate enough to win, would it be better in two weeks where you give him a realistic chance to be at his best?’ It’s not fair to him. He wanted to go.”