Last season it was a knee injury that kept him sidelined, this season its a groin injury. In the team’s 23-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Tomlinson carried the ball 5 times for 25 yards and a touchdown.
His backup, Darren Sproles, was more than adequate as Tomlinson’s replacement. He accrued 328 all-purpose yards and scored the winning TD in overtime. The Chargers have a decision to make this upcoming off season, whether to stick with the aging Tomlinson, or go with a younger more durable back.
Sure he’s a great back and the most dynamic player on the Chargers team, but it does the franchise a disservice to build a team and offense around a player that can’t help them get to or win the big game.
Tomlinson carried the ball 292 times during the 2008 season for 1,110 yards, both are career lows. He’s likely to be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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