LaDainian Tomlinson was heavily criticized for missing most of the AFC Championship game with an injured knee, but maybe he wasn’t so dumb after all.
Or have you not heard the latest with Antonio Gates?
Now we’re finding out that Gates is expected to have surgery this week on his injured big left toe, which severely hampered him in the Chargers’ final two playoff games last month.
Gates, among the top tight ends in the NFL, is reportedly expected to be slowed for much of training camp in 2008. He could even be rehabilitating his injured toe when the Chargers kick off the regular season.
After being injured in a Jan. 6 playoff game against Tennessee, Gates spent most of the next week in a walking boot. Even so, he played (but wasn’t his normal self) in the Jan. 13 game at Indianapolis and the Jan. 20 AFC Championship game at New England.
In retrospect, he might have damaged his long-term career by thinking about short-term playoff aspirations despite his injured toe.
As one looks back now, it might be easier to understand that Tomlinson did the right thing by not risking himself to further injury such as Gates did at New England.