Tomlinson Sits Out Practice

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LaDainian Tomlinson has a sprained right big toe but says he'll be back to practice 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-and-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.