SAN DIEGO (AP)—LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since spraining his right ankle in the season opener, an encouraging sign for a San Diego Chargers team that has struggled to run the ball.
After missing two straight games for the first time in his brilliant career, Tomlinson hopes he can play Sunday night at Pittsburgh. Not only do the Chargers (2-1) expect the defending Super Bowl champions to be riled up after falling to 1-2, but San Diego hasn’t won in Pittsburgh since upsetting the Steelers in the AFC championship game following the 1994 season.
The Chargers have been careful to avoid rushing Tomlinson back. They could either chose to let him play Sunday night or have him sit out a third straight game and then have the bye week to continue to heal.
How much do us Chargers fans miss #21? A few stats in three weeks of the NFL season:
* In the last two games when in the red-zone, San Diego is just 1-11.
* San Diego's rushing total is 199 yds overall, the second lowest in football
* Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett have rushed for a combined 2.6 yds/carry. Tomlinson's avg. playing the Raiders in Week 1 is 4.2 yds/carry.
We want him back. Badly.