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LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

Posted on: September 23, 2008 9:17 am
 
I got a good look at LaDainian Tomlinson running the ball last night against the Jets, and I didn't like what I saw.

I don't know if his toe is the problem, or if his age is the problem, but Tomlinson simply isn't the same back we've come to lean on in Fantasy Football. In fact, I'm not even sure if he's a No. 1 Fantasy RB anymore.

What I am about to say is going to make you groan and cringe: Last night, Tomlinson reminded me of Shaun Alexander, circa 2007.

Ugh, I feel dirty just TYPING that.

I'm a big fan of Tomlinson, especially since he's such a big part of Fantasy Football. Like all the other big name offensive NFL players, someone in every single league relies on LT each week, so it's in everyone's best interests that he plays well.

But in Week 3, with the national spotlight on him, Tomlinson's electric moves and trademark acceleration were replaced by a seemingly magnetic draw to Jets defenders on every single carry he had. Shaun Alexander and Cedric Benson were two rushers who had that last year, and they're both out of the league now. It's not surprising at all that Tomlinson's longest run of the game -- on 26 carries -- was five yards. The two touchdowns were both short-yardage jobbers where all he had to do was dive. It was painful to watch.

Worse yet, there were times when San Diego ran the ball, and I did see that trademark speed. "Oh, there he is," I thought. But every single time, it was Darren Sproles.

After the game, Tomlinson pinned his shaky yardage on his sprained right big toe.

"Today was going to be one of those physical running days," Tomlinson said. "Making one cut and going straight ahead is not a problem for me."

He added that he was happy with how his toe felt after the game.

"I think I'm pretty close. If my toe feels like it does now, I think I'll practice for the full week this week," he said.

So the bottom line is that Tomlinson feels his toe is holding him back. For now, we have no choice but to take his word for it. And for the sake of the millions of people who start Tomlinson in their Fantasy leagues week in and week out, I hope he's right.
Comments

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2008 1:41 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

It's not surprising he's struggling with acceleration and lateral movement. Your toe is an integral part of the of your foot to ground contact point. I've had a turf toe before playing soccer and it is very painful and and takes a long time to heal. When I had it, I taped it and used an extra sock and a larger shoe size so that I could continue playing.

Unlike myself, he is getting the best treatment money can buy on his toe. Besides, he characteristically takes a few games to get going. I had him last season as I do this season in one of my fantasy leagues. Last year, I almost traded him after week 3 because his stats were so pedestrian. I'm glad I didn't because he eventually started having monster games. Don't forget, he still scored 2 touchdowns against the Jets and I had him benched.

Watch for a huge improvement against the Raiders.
 



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2008 8:40 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

Not Yet!!! I refuse to think LT is pulling an Alexander. LT wasn't even on the cover of Madden. I think (I hope) that his injury has lowered his ability just a touch. He has a few more years left, you'll see. Those big ears, that crooked smile. He will prevail.




Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2008 7:15 am
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?




Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 7:12 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

I think the real test will come this week against the raiders who he destroyed last year. If he looks the same or gets worse then its time to panic. Pick up or trade for Spoles if you don't already have him.   LT needs 100+  2TD's and back to his 5-7 receptions this week.




Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 4:28 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

I guess only time will tell. 



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2008 3:36 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

It seems evident this is the end of LT's reign over NFL defenses and fantasy teams. 29 is a shaky age for most RBs, and even though today he only has a toe injury, it could be a mild ankle sprain next week, which turns into ligament damage, which turns into maybe 400 more yards the rest of the season, before he's placed on IR. And although LT is one of the great ones, his time is just about up.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2008 3:36 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

So you have to remember he doesnt have Lorenzo Neal anymore? that is a big hit to take. his lead blocker if you have seen any game with him you know he is one of the reasons he was so good. but he will get back to his old form when he is healthy .. his age isnt that bad. he is still able to do things look at the first week it was the greatest but there was still life there




Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 12:38 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

and comparing Shaun Alexander to LT is absurd.  Shaun made a life running behind walter jones and steve hutchinson.  I wonder why AP is so successful?

Have u seen LT break ankles?  The game last night was their strategy to run between the tackles to limit his cuts.



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 12:30 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

If you didnt notice.... and I don't know why the writer didnt either.  The safety was up on the line everytime LT ran the ball.  He had 0 room.  Safety played back for Sproles.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2008 12:05 pm
 

LT running in slo-mo because of sore toe?

Your comment about Darren Sproles was exactly what I was thinking.  LT just hasn't had that burst, and I am honestly hoping that it's just the toe.  The comparison to Shaun Alexander is frightening.


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