Tomlinson Sits Out Of Practice But Says He's Fine

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ladainian Tomlinson missed his second day of practice Thursday because of a sprained right big toe. But he says he'll be back Friday as the San Diego Chargers continue preparing for their game Sunday at Denver.

The Chargers need the two-time defending NFL rushing champion to be on his game to avoid an 0-2 start. The Chargers were upset 26-24 by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Meanwhile Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last year, is still nursing a sore hip.

Left tackle Marcus McNeill has a neck injury and has yet to be cleared to practice.

Tight end Antonio Gates is hurt but is expected to play Sunday.

Center Nick Hardwick is out this week.

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