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Will Tomlinson Take the Field in the Preseason?

The Union Tribune reports that it looks as if L.T. may very well take the field in the preseason, something in the past he’s never been prone to do:

Might Qualcomm Stadium erupt Saturday in the kind of ovation that is rarely, if ever, heard in August? If LaDainian Tomlinson has his way, it will. And he’s optimistic he will have his way. Yes, the Chargers’ preseason phantom might actually carry the ball in an exhibition. “From what I’ve been told, it’s pretty encouraging,” Tomlinson said yesterday at training camp. “So I’d say it’s 85 percent.” Tomlinson has voiced a desire to play every August, but he has not touched a ball in the preseason since Aug. 21, 2005. He has just 14 carries in his eight career preseasons.

“This year could be different,” Tomlinson said. “I wouldn’t rule out me playing.” Asked which of the four exhibition games he might play in, Tomlinson said, “It’s always good to play at home in front of the home crowd. I’ll leave it at that.” The Chargers open the preseason Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium, then play two straight road games. It is possible coach Norv Turner could wait until the Chargers host the San Francisco 49ers in the Sept. 4 exhibition finale to insert Tomlinson. Starters play a handful of plays, if any, in the final exhibition.

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