Darren Sproles is going to have a chance to make even more money for 2009.

As it turns out, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s groin injury is bad enough to potentially keep him out for the rest of the postseason.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that, at a minimum, no one expects Tomlinson to play in the divisional round at Pittsburgh.

“He might be able to play in another week if we were able to go on,” coach Norv Turner said.  “Or maybe he could play in another week after that.”

Still, Turner said that the injury isn’t any worse after the team’s 23-17 overtime victory against the Colts.  Tomlinson started, but carried only five times for 25 yards, including a touchdown.

In Tomlinson’s absence, Sproles rushed for 105 yards and added 45 receiving yards.  (He also contributed 178 yards in kick and punt returns.)

The irony here is that, in the Chargers’ division-clinching regular-season finale, Tomlinson looked like the L.T. of old for the first time in a long time.  But if Sproles continues to seize his opportunity, it could be that L.T. will go the way of Shaun Alexander come 2009.

Meanwhile, we’re hearing rumblings that the whole “torn adductor tendon” thing, while apparently accurate, was floated by L.T.’s camp based on the criticism he received after making an early exit from last year’s AFC title game with an MCL sprain.  The goal, apparently, was to make him look like a hero if he played well, and not like a villain if he ended up spending long stretches of the game on the sidelines.