LaDainian Tomlinson has one of the most electric smiles in sports. Unfortunately, that smile was nowhere to be found at Chargers Park on Wednesday. L.T. shared some sad news about his injured groin tendon.
"It's definitely torn," he said. "It feels like something is tearing away from my leg. Whenever you feel a popping or like it's tearing, that's usually not good."
Tomlinson said he's doubtful to play in Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, but isn't completely ruling it out.
"No, not yet," he said. "I think it's possible. I'm never going to rule it out. I'll have to start to feel much better, though."
Tomlinson injured the tendon in the final game of the regular season, a 52-21 win over the Broncos to win the Western Division title. In Saturday's playoff win over the Colts, L.T. ran the ball five times for 25 yards and even scored a touchdown. This is the second straight post-season that Tomlinson has missed time with an injury. Last year he had to sit out most of the Chargers' AFC Championship loss in New England with a knee injury.
"I don't think anybody can know the frustration, to be honest with you," he said. "I really sometimes just want to go home and just stay at home and lock myself up and not even go into public, just because all my life, all I've ever wanted to do is play football and win a championship. To feel so helpless, to be at this point where we have a chance to do it, and again, I can't do anything about it, I can't play, it's like I'm being punished for something. It's tough to deal with."
Tomlinson also said if he plays there is a chance he can injure himself further, but did not know if he would have surgery. If he can't play, Darren Sproles will be the starting running back against the Steelers.