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Monday, December 29, 2008
Evening AFC West news and notes: LT update


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson said he hopes to be ready to play Saturday night against Indianapolis in the wild-card matchup, despite suffering a strained groin.

"No, I don't think I'll be 100 percent but we'll see what happens day to day, see how it goes and see what happens on Saturday," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said his injury could be troublesome.

"A bunch of it," Tomlinson said. "It affects a great deal, especially a running back that likes to do what I do, a lot of cutting and stuff. It definitely affects you."

If Tomlinson is limited, San Diego backup tailback Darren Sproles will play more. He had 114 rushing yards against Denver.

• San Diego coach Norv Turner said star tight end Antonio Gates has an ankle injury, but he is expected to play Saturday.

• The Chargers are currently slotted to pick 18th in the draft, but that could change depending on what happens in the playoffs.

Oakland: The Raiders are pursuing Giants assistant Kevin Gilbride, meaning that Tom Cable is no slam dunk. Still, expect Cable to remain a strong candidate. Cable continues to get the support of the Oakland locker room, which could play a vital role. In the end, Cable's desire to be coach could go a long way.

Kansas City: To no one's surprise, Larry Johnson wants out of Kansas City. It would be a shock if he doesn't get his way. The word for the past few months is that Johnson will be elsewhere in 2009.

• Monday, Kansas City coach Herman Edwards began his role as a lame-duck coach saying he is going to wait and see what happens. It takes a while. A decision on Edwards' future likely won't be made until after a general manager is hired.

Denver: Receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that the hand injury he suffered in the offseason affected his performance this year. Still, Marshall surpassed the 100-catch plateau.