SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner confirmed what most people already guessed, that LaDainian Tomlinson will not play in Friday night's exhibition finale against San Francisco.
Tomlinson started the first two exhibitions, bucking a tradition of having him sit out the entire preseason slate in order to stay healthy. He did sit out last Saturday's loss at Atlanta.
Most other starters will be in for 10 to 15 plays.
It's also highly unlikely that running back-return specialist Darren Sproles will play Friday. Sproles has touched the ball 16 times in the exhibition season, including rushes, receptions and returns, which Turner believes is enough for Sproles to get ready for the Sept. 14 regular-season opener at Oakland.
"He practices at such a high level that he's ready to go play," Turner said Wednesday. "Obviously he wanted to get some carries, catches and a couple returns. I think he's done that. He's had an excellent training camp, an excellent preseason and is ready to go."
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