LaDainian Tomlinson to have MRI

Updated: November 14, 2011, 3:54 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On his final carry Sunday night, in garbage time of a 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots, LaDainian Tomlinson suffered an apparent knee injury. Tomlinson said he will have an MRI exam on Monday.

Tomlinson declined to specify the exact nature of the injury, saying he hurt his left leg. But coach Rex Ryan indicated it was a knee.

"I'm all right," Tomlinson said. "I'll get some more tests done (Monday) and we'll go from there. My leg got hit low and I grabbed my leg."

In a weird twist, Tomlinson was upended by wide receiver Julian Edelman. Because of injuries, the Patriots had to use Edelson as a nickel back.

After the game, Tomlinson left the locker room under his own power, but he was walking with a noticeable limp. The Jets have a quick turnaround -- Thursday night at the Denver Broncos -- making it harder for Tomlinson to be ready.

The future Hall of Famer no longer starts for the Jets, but he's a good third-down back. With his 16-yard reception in the fourth quarter, he moved into fifth place on the all-time list for yards from scrimmage (18,206). He surpassed Barry Sanders. In his limited role, Tomlinson has 25 catches for 312 yards and a touchdown. He also has rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown.

If the Jets lose Tomlinson for an extended period, they'd use Joe McKnight as Shonn Greene's backup and probably would activate rookie Bilal Powell. Powell has been inactive in every game.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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