- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 26, 2009

LaDainian Tomlinson was ruled out of the San Diego Chargers’ home game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the second straight game he’ll miss because of a sprained right ankle.

Tomlinson was hurt in a season-opening victory at Oakland and missed Sunday’s home-opening loss to Baltimore.

“I don’t have a comment about it. It is what it is,” Tomlinson said Friday. He added that he feels the ankle is getting better.

After going eight regular seasons without missing a game because of injury, Tomlinson will have missed three of the Chargers’ past four games. The first came in January, when a groin injury kept him from playing in the Chargers’ playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

Until then, the only time he missed a start was the regular-season finale in 2004, when then-coach Marty Schottenheimer rested him and some other key veterans to keep them fresh for the playoffs.

“It’s hard because you’d like to have all your guys,” coach Norv Turner said. “It’s crazy, because on September 1, when people were asking me what I thought about camp, I said it was great that we were healthy and had all our guys - because that’s something we haven’t had in a while.”

BROWNS: Running back Jamal Lewis is still nursing an injured hamstring and will likely miss Sunday’s game in Baltimore.

Lewis, who got hurt during last weekend’s loss in Denver, missed his third straight practice Friday, and the Browns listed him as doubtful on their injury report. If Lewis can’t go against his former team, rookie James Davis and Jerome Harrison likely will split the carries against the NFL’s top run defense.

GIANTS: Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck is questionable for New York’s game against Tampa Bay.

Tuck hurt his left shoulder Sunday night against Dallas when he was tripped by tackle Flozell Adams. He has not practiced all week, and coach Tom Coughlin said Friday he was 50-50 for the game in Tampa, Fla.

Coughlin also said defensive tackle Chris Canty (calf), receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), linebacker Clint Sintim (groin), cornerback Aaron Ross (hamstring) and running back Danny Ware (elbow) would not play.

PATRIOTS: Injuries to receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker could keep both out of New England’s game Sunday against Atlanta. Welker and Moss were listed as questionable after they missed practice.

Welker had limited participation in Thursday’s practice and was present for the start of practice Friday for stretching and kickoff return drills. He didn’t take part in team drills. Welker missed last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the Jets with a right knee injury.

Moss also was present for the start of practice Friday but didn’t participate in team drills because of a back injury.

SEAHAWKS: Matt Hasselbeck missed a third consecutive practice day because of a broken rib, so the Seahawks expect backup Seneca Wallace to start at quarterback for the three-time Pro Bowl passer Sunday against Chicago.

“It is extremely unlikely Matt will play,” coach Jim Mora said after practice, when the team listed him as doubtful.

Hasselbeck watched as Wallace prepared for his 13th start of his seven-year career for Seattle (1-1).

SAINTS: New Orleans’ running back situation is in flux going into Sunday’s game against Buffalo: Leading rusher Mike Bell won’t play.

Bell missed practice all week with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Receiver Lance Moore (right hamstring) and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy (right knee) are also listed as out.

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