January 5, 2009

Tomlinson’s status to be determined later

San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson's status for the Chargers' game at Pittsburgh Sunday will be determined later in the week, Coach Norv Turner said.

Tomlinson sat out the second half of San Diego's 23-17 overtime wild-card win over the Indianapolis Colts Saturday because of a groin injury.

Turner said the coaching staff determined that Tomlinson was not 100 percent in the game, in which he scored a touchdown and gained 25 yards in five carries, so he did not play in the second half.

The injury that he has is not any worse, Turner said. I think ... he was pretty sore around that area from probably compensating for the injury. It was obvious once he got going, to him and us, that he would not be able to play the way that he'd like to.

The Steelers and Chargers play at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field in an AFC divisional playoff game scheduled to start 4:45 p.m.

Pittsburgh, the AFC North champion, had a first-round bye in the playoffs.