SAN DIEGO Maybe the fantasy geeks should be worried after all.
With his toe injury lingering, LaDainian Tomlinson sat out Wednesday's short practice as the winless San Diego Chargers began preparing for their home game against Brett Favre and the New York Jets on Monday night.
Tomlinson, who has yet to find his way into the end zone this season, said his jammed right big toe isn't as sore as it has been, but he didn't sound overly confident.
"Well, with another day of rest and treatment, it's feeling a little better today, so hopefully, I'm just going to play it by ear this week, see how it feels later in the week," he said. "I'm hoping that it's going to make big progress this week and by Monday night hopefully I'll be as close to 100 percent as possible."
Tomlinson was held to 26 yards on 10 carries in a 39-38 loss at Denver on Sunday. In the second quarter, a team trainer was examining Tomlinson's toe on the sideline.
"I feel better than last week," Tomlinson said. "If I'm judging by last week, I should be able to play."
Tomlinson hurt the toe on the Chargers' last drive of a 26-24 home loss to Carolina on opening day. He said he aggravated it against the AFC West rival Broncos.
ROBINSON RETURNS TO SEAHAWKS: Koren Robinson's return to the Seattle Seahawks will begin immediately as both a wide receiver and a kick returner.
Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday the team's former No. 1 draft choice, reacquired on Tuesday, will play Sunday against St. Louis, perhaps in both roles.
Robinson hasn't played since January's NFC championship game for the Green Bay Packers. He was out of football at home in North Carolina until the Seahawks gave him a one-year contract to help offset injuries to six wide receivers.
Holmgren said Keary Colbert will see plenty of playing time against the Rams at flanker. Seattle traded a draft pick to Denver for Colbert. The deal became official Wednesday.
All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones will miss practices this week with a lower back and hip injury. Holmgren said Jones will play Sunday.
MAXIMUM EXPOSURE FOR COOLEY: Chris Cooley's explicit blog photo was discussed at a team meeting Wednesday, with player and coach on different wavelengths as to which was the more pressing concern: the nudity or the secret study material.
Coach Jim Zorn addressed the team, stressing the need to keep all game-planning under wraps. Zorn was concerned that Cooley posted a photo of study questions while preparing for Sunday's game against the Saints.
"There's this new technology out there that you have freedom to use, but you don't have freedom really to use Redskin things that are really private to us," Zorn said. "You don't have the luxury of putting that on anybody's blog."
Cooley, meanwhile, was again expressing regret that the photo exposed more of himself that he planned. The former Logan High and Utah State star was studying in the buff when he snapped the photo, and he posted it without examining it closely. It wasn't until hours later when the number of hits on his blog jumped from 9,000 to 37,000 to 60,000 in a short span after the game that he realized something was amiss.
Cooley took down the photo and posted an apology the next day.
"It's funny, but it's still dumb," he said.
COLTS' SANDERS OUT WITH ANKLE INJURY: Tony Dungy doesn't doubt Bob Sanders will be back in the Indianapolis Colts lineup' this season. He's just not sure how long Sanders will be out.
The NFL's 2007 defensive player of the year could miss up to six weeks after spraining his right ankle last weekend at Minnesota, and team officials are contemplating whether Sanders may need arthroscopic surgery on his knee, too.
"It's kind of similar to (receiver) Roy Hall's injury," Dungy said. "He had his knee scoped, too, so he's going to be out a while longer. If it's going to be two or three weeks, then it makes sense to get it scoped. But (defensive tackle) Keyunta Dawson had the same kind of thing and he told me he was going to practice today, so we're not really sure."
Apparently, those plans changed, too. Dawson did not practice Wednesday.
Team president Bill Polian was more definitive Tuesday night while taping a segment for his Saturday night television show on WISH-TV. Polian said Sanders would miss four to six weeks.