Ladainian Tomlinson still hasn't returned to practice since spraining an ankle in the regular-season opener at Oakland, but he did work out on the side Thursday afternoon while the team practiced.
Tomlinson performed several running drills with head trainer James Collins, testing his ankle through cuts, back-pedalling and longer runs.
But that doesn't mean Tomlinson will make an appearance Sunday against the Dolphins. The side session was rehab work, not something to be considered when evaluating game readiness.
In fact, it seems unlikely that Tomlinson will play this week. Head coach Norv Turner prefers his players go through a full practice before being cleared to play, and that's something Tomlinson hasn't done yet and won't do Friday.
Tomlinson himself has no interest in rushing back to action with capable backups on the roster, especially after being criticized last season for decreased production while fighting through injuries.
"I'm not going to go through what I went through last year, playing at 70 percent," Tomlinson said. "I'm not going to do that. I'm going to make sure it's healthy and where I need it to be in order to help this team. We have great depth right now. We're in good shape."