Mike Tolbert Fantasy News
Turner to return to coach Chargers
Monday, December 27, 2010, 10:16pm
What Dean Spanos can do that many of his football team’s fans can’t do, is remember. It doesn’t take much for the Chargers president to recall the not-so-long-ago, when he was boss of the worst team in the NFL, when even he admits his organization lacked organization.
It was a loser.
So, when Spanos, who has been in charge of the franchise since father Alex handed him the wheel in 1994, says head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will return in 2011, he almost seems incredulous, amazed that he has to be asked.
Public opinion aside, it’s his team to run. Turner and Smith will return. This is not an election ticket. One vote matters.
The Chargers will see some changes in the offseason but we know Phillip Rivers is a stud at QB and will be at least a top-5 player at the position next year in fantasy. Antonio Gates, when healthy, is the top TE and RB Ryan Mathews has looked great, when he's healthy, while Mike Tolbert is a nice compliment. With guys Floyd, Clatyton, Naanee, VJax and 'Tutu' among others catching passes this year it goes to show they won't need a lot of big names at the position. But, if there is any way management can make up with Vincent Jackson and resign him it can only make them better.
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Tolbert has sprained neck, out for week 17
Monday, December 27, 2010, 9:03am
As dejected and distracted as they were after their season was ended, teammates expressed concern following Sunday’s 34-20 loss for running back Mike Tolbert.
Some were still unaware that Tolbert was walking around, having been diagnosed with a sprained neck and bruised shoulder following a scary first-quarter collision that saw him carted off the field with his head immobilized.
“I wanted to (get up), but they were being cautious,” Tolbert said after the game, his left arm in a sling, “Whenever you get in the head and the neck area, the shoulders, stuff like that, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Tolbert passes tests, heads home with team
Sunday, December 26, 2010, 9:32pm
Tolbert put his head down and ran into the chest of safety Reggie Nelson during the first quarter of a 34-20 loss on Sunday. Tolbert fumbled and stayed face-down on the field, motionless for several minutes.
Doctors carefully rolled him onto a backboard, strapped him down and wheeled him off the field. He raised his right forearm and gave a thumbs-up sign to the applauding crowd.
Teammates said Tolbert was walking around the locker room after the game.
"He's doing fine," coach Norv Turner said. "He has a sprained shoulder and neck. He's got all the feeling back in his hands. He'll be all right."
Don't expect Tolbert to suit up next week.
Friday, December 17, 2010, 9:36pm
The Chargers have begun the work to commit to a two-back system in the foreseeable future.
The team and running back Mike Tolbert have had talks about a long-term deal, and it is not out of the question one could be agreed to before the end of the league year.
According to people close to the situation, the Chargers have not made an offer. And Tolbert is just one of a handful of players with which the team has had preliminary talks.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:47pm
Chargers headed for split backfield?
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 4:21pm
Ryan Mathews appears to be on the verge of returning, and
Mike Tolbert isn’t going anywhere.
“If Tolbert is healthy and going, he’s going to get the ball,” head coach Norv Turner said. “But Ryan has got to be able to go in too.”
Tolbert missed practice yesterday in what he called a “precautionary” move due to the right hand he bruised Sunday at Indianapolis. Despite the hand being wrapped, Tolbert said he was “feeling good” and added, “I’m going to play.”
As the Chargers enter what appears to be a crucial stretch of games, it appears the plan will be for Tolbert and Mathews to split time in some fashion.
Mathews, who had not practiced since prior to the Chargers’ Nov. 8 game at Houston, wherein he aggravated his high ankle sprain, worked all of Wednesday’s practice and appears on track to return Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
“It is big getting him back out there,” Turner said. “… It certainly will help give him a chance to play in the game.”
Given how often Mathews has been missing games this season, the combo is worth holding on to heading down the stretch and into the playoffs. Tolbert should get short yardage and goal line work, but for now we'll have to wait and see how healthy Mathews is before putting him in your lineup.
Saturday, November 27, 2010, 1:04pm
If ever a game plan called for a busy workload for St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, it would seem to be Sunday's contest at Denver. Only the lowly Buffalo Bills have yielded more yards on the ground than the Broncos.
Denver has been particularly vulnerable recently: In three of its last four games, it's been gashed by a 100-plus-yard rusher. On Monday night, San Diego journeyman Mike Tolbert rambled for a career-high 111 yards in a 35-14 Chargers victory that dropped the Broncos to 3-7.
If that weren't reason enough, there also is this: Jackson is itching for action after getting just 11 carries in last Sunday's 34-17 loss to Atlanta.
"I shouldn't feel this fresh," Jackson said. "I think over the years, we've seen that I play better as the game goes on."
Jackson hasn't had a gigantic game this season, but he's usually been steady and is poised for a nice day tomorrow in Denver.
Ryan Mathews likely out for Monday
Friday, November 19, 2010, 9:11pm
“I doubt a guy can improve enough in two days to be healthy enough to play on a Monday night,” head coach Norv Turner said. “… If he improves dramatically I would consider playing him.”
Mike Tolbert will be the #1 RB for San Diego.