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December 12, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Tomlinson not squeezed out

Remember all that talk in September about how San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was the latest star ball-carrier to get used up like a tube of toothpaste that has been squeezed empty?

After the first three games of the season, Tomlinson had a total of rushing 130 yards for an anemic 2.3-yard average and one measly touchdown.

Well, as Mark Twain might have observed, reports of Mr. Tomlinson's demise were greatly exaggerated. In the past 10 games, LT has been a fantasy league superstar (and kept the Chargers alive in the playoff hunt), averaging 106 yards a game for a 5.12 per-carry average and 11 rushing touchdowns.

That doesn't count his 55 catches for more than 450 yards and two more touchdowns.

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