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Raiders vs Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson Sprains Ankle | Player Rankings

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

Just like the Patriots vs Bills game, the Chargers were supposed to blow out the Raiders, on Monday Night. However, the Raiders gave the Chargers all they could handle, until they lost the game at the end.

LT Fading?

This off season much had been made about LaDainian Tomlinson and if the game had passed him by. Through the spring and summer, I was on board with Tomlinson have a strong comeback. When the preseason came along, I was concerned about how I saw him run the ball.

My opinion on Tomlinson changed completely when Norv Turner held LT out of the third preseason game. Turner noted that Tomlinson was not injured, but he did say he was concerned about him running on turf.

Last year Tomlinson played on turf toe all year, and I was concerned if he did long term damaged to the toe. When he was held out because Turner was “concerned” I believed the toe was still a problem.

In Monday nights game Tomlinson only carried the ball 13 times, and he rolled his ankle in the first half.

This led to Darren Sproles playing full time at the end of the game when the Chargers were making their comeback.

Tomlinson is in no way the best running back in football anymore. At this time, he should be considered a decent No.2 back for your fantasy team.

Michael Bush Runs Hard

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

Running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush ran the football well all night. Unfortunately, for fantasy owners with McFadden, it looks like Bush will split time.

What hurts McFadden’s fantasy value most is that the Raiders gave Bush the football at the goal line. If Bush continues to receive the carries inside the five, then he may have more fantasy value than McFadden.

Louis Murphy Looks Good

If you are looking for a receiver to pick up this week, Raiders’ rookie Louis Murphy is a decent option. Tonight Murphy had four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Murphy also had another touchdown taken away on a bad call.

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

If Chaz Schilens cannot come back healthy from his foot problem then look for Murphy to be JaMarcus Russell’s top receiver all year.

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