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CHARGERS' TOMLINSON, HARDWICK TO SIT OUT SUNDAY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

San Diego's high-powered offense took a double hit Friday when the Chargers said running back LaDainian Tomlinson and center Nick Hardwick will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with ankle injuries.

The Chargers' injury report listed eight players this week after a physical, 24-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. Also scratched is backup defensive tackle Travis Johnson with a groin injury.

The Ravens said all week that they expected Tomlinson to play. But coach John Harbaugh said the Chargers are well stocked at the position.

"If [Tomlinson doesn't play], Michael Bennett can play," Harbaugh said Friday. "Of course, [Darren] Sproles, everybody has been talking about him all week."

Earlier in the week, Chargers coach Norv Turner talked about playing against the Ravens' defense.

"We appreciate how good the Ravens are on defense," Turner said. "When you look at them, they're one of the most balanced teams in this league. ... We've got to do a great job keeping them off [quarterback Philip Rivers]. The best way to do that ... is to get some run going."

The Ravens allowed just 29 rushing yards in the season opener.

The Chargers also list three players as questionable: guard Louis Vasquez (knee), defensive tackle Jamal Williams (elbow) and linebacker Antwan Applewhite (hamstring).

The Ravens listed safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion) as doubtful and tight end L.J. Smith (hamstring) as questionable. Linebackers Terrell Suggs (concussion, chest), Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Tavares Gooden (knee), and safety Ed Reed (concussion) are listed as probable. Johnson was listed on the report for the first time Friday, but he participated fully in practice.

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