The knee is a common site for injuries for cyclist. Tomlinson would still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he might have a ring to compare to those of his childhood idol, Emmitt Smith. He had 16 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns on the road against the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round, and caught a one-yard TD against the Patriots in the next game. This isn't to dismiss a wonderful career. The interest reportedly wasn't reciprocal, as no contract offer was ever made. Neal and Hardwick both had just returned from surgery, one for a fibula fracture and the other for a Lisfranc injury. Tomlinson suffered the MCL sprain in the AFC divisional round victory over the Colts in the final game played at the RCA some. It was great to see more than a dozen former players and coaches on hand to honor L.T. 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With a championship, Rivers would be considered a top-flight QB and a virtual lock to join L.T. Call it lack of durability. Whatever the explanation, Tomlinson managed just under 3.6 yards per carry in his 10-game playoff career. We tried to do what we could to make it possible to continue, but he just couldn’t cut or burst off that leg. While Chargers QB Philip Rivers played through a torn ACL, Tomlinson aggravated a mysterious injury. Video: Aaron Rodgers' apparent MCL sprain will limit movement up to a month, Video: Doug Baldwin should return in week or two, Video: Carson Wentz's road to recovery probably remains same distance, just bumpier, Video: The bad news is actually good news for Eric Wood, Tom Brady reportedly needed more than 10 stitches to injured hand, sprained a ligament, and it is being called 'a legitimate issue', Video: Pro Football Doc: Tom Savage's concussion, Video: Pro Football Doc: Aaron Rodgers returns, Ryan Shazier injury appears more worrisome than most. Blame it on injuries. Rivers was playing six days after a knee scope on a torn ACL. was unselfish that day. In addition to Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Lorenzo Neal, Nick Hardwick, Shawne Merriman and others had either just returned from surgery or were slated for major offseason surgery. A floundering Chargers franchise when he was drafted fifth overall in the 2001 NFL Draft, Tomlinson sparked a change in organizational culture. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder about how today could be very different for the San Diego Chargers if it had been different for one period of time in L.T.’s career. More than any other season, I saw first-hand in 2007 how injuries can be the determining factor in deciding a championship. Exercise can decrease the incidence of colds, L-Arginine Exerts Anti-Inflammatory Effects. The decision is a victory for GOP officials who have insisted their ballot collection campaign is following California election law. Unlike in basketball where an individual player's performance is easier to assess, the playoffs may have been different in the sense that defenses simply keyed more on LT. Maybe the line didn't block as well. Call it lack of durability. Illegal gambling den found in Spring Valley home, 3 people arrested, Sheriff’s deputy injured after stepping on a nail set up as booby trap, Driver in stolen car crashes, runs away after pursuit from National City to San Diego, A CHP officer tried to pull over the driver in National City about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. The Hall of Fame weekend is special. Call it being overworked. Good friends from what seems like yesterday gather to reflect. It's a lot of mixed finger pointing, and his biggest supporters will have plenty of rationalizations to explain why Tomlinson was mostly ineffective when it mattered most. Despite that, he tried, starting the game (two carries and one pass reception) before realizing a healthier Michael Turner would be the better choice. Gates was hobbled and needed reconstructive great toe surgery. Blame it on lack of a true "killer instinct" or leadership. The jury is still out on Ryan, but the former two coaches' legacies will be defined more for their postseason failures than their regular season accolades. On his first carry of the game, Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi hit him on the knee, aggravating the injury. Call it being overworked. It's all about injury prevention. As the disclaimer always goes: I will not personally psychoanalyze a player, because it's irresponsible. Tomlinson, the NFL MVP, led the league in rushing with 1,815 yards and set many NFL records including 28 rushing touchdowns and 31 total TDs. The Chargers suffered a six-year Super Bowl XXIX hangover capped off by a one-win 2000 season. LT split time with Shone Greene but posted 4.2 yards per carry: his best since last winning the rushing title in 2007. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy and reduce your risk of suffering an injury. In my 17 years as the Chargers head team physician, we made only one AFC Championship game – after the 2007 season. Despite the phenomenal play by Tomlinson, the Chargers lost the divisional round to the New England Patriots, 24-21. The fact is the undefeated New England Patriots won that game. at 50 percent. But I thought it was worth calling attention one last time over what may be the biggest reason the Chargers’ Hall-worthy trio from that era (Tomlinson, Rivers and Gates) never played in the biggest game. The next season, the Chargers had an opportunity to exact revenge on the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. The best shot at a Super Bowl ring for LT came during the 2006 campaign. While LaDainian has suffered his share of injuries over the years (including last year), he's stayed remarkably healthy in a sport (and at a position) that features constant physical contact. However, that was the extent of LT's significant contributions. The best ones overcome. If anything, L.T. Whether you're an All-Pro running back like L.T. Tomlinson never made it to the biggest stage in sports. The one thing he couldn't deliver, though, was a Super Bowl. According to the recap of the game prior, Tomlinson left in the second quarter with a bruised left knee. To cite a similar case for a player: this is how Dan Marino's legacy continues to be defined, as amazing and talented as he was. Norv Turner would be viewed as a top head coach, not just a great offensive coordinator. So, how's he done it? His knee was taped for support. (He was not aware what I was going to write.). I have never talked about this in any detail because of team policy and HIPAA laws. 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