Tomlinson clears the air on NFL Network

(Ben Liebenberg /

(Ben Liebenberg /

Just got back from the NFL Network set, where Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson helped clear the air over the recent saga between himself and general manager A.J. Smith.

Tomlinson, to his credit, didn’t hold back in his interview with Fran Charles, Terrell Davis and Rod Woodson.

Tomlinson confirmed that he has spoken with Smith and said he understands the circumstances that led to the GM’s latest comments. To paraphrase, Tomlinson said Smith told him he was misquoted, in that only a portion of what he said was used, and not the full dialogue from which the qutoes were pulled. Tomlinson said he understood the situation and that he “respected” Smith.

Tomlinson did divuldge that he and Smith didn’t discuss his long-term future in San Diego.

On the news side, Tomlinson said he won’t need surgery on his injured groin after consulting with doctors. He said the injury is coming along and will require one-to-two months of rehabilitation.

Tomlinson, who has three years left on his current contract, was asked if he could ever envision himself not playing for the Chargers. His answer? Only if the team comes to him and tells him he’s not in their plans.

He followed the wide-ranging interview by signing autographs for some of the kids who were mixed in the crowd watching the show near the stage.

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