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First off, Happy Birthday 29th Ladainian Tomlinson! Enjoy the last of your twenties :)

Read: Ladainian Tomlinson - Wikipedia

Which player's gutsy performance was more impressive? Tiger Woods winning the US Open with a bum knee, or Kellen Winslow's 1983 playoff performance against the Miami Dolphins?

Woods’ performance in the face of injury was gritty, but it was nowhere near the performance of the San Diego Chargers’ tight end Kellen Winslow in the NFL playoffs against Miami in 1982. That was the game when Winslow caught 13 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, and blocked a field goal to send the game in overtime. He did those things while playing with a pinched nerve in his shoulder, and suffering from dehydration and severe cramps. Oh yeah, and dodging people who were trying to knock the snot out of him. He also received three stitches in his lower lip during the game after taking a shot.

Read: Not so fast! No doubt, Woods is good, but ...

The Sporting News quickly runs down all 32 teams:

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: LB Anthony Waters, fully healed from ACL surgery that ruined his rookie season, is moving like a man who understands his assignments. The physical Waters spent his year off learning the defense, and he's improving daily. Coaches hope he'll ease the pain of losing ILB Stephen Cooper (suspension) for the first quarter of the season.

Read: AFC team reports rundown

Jason Taylor is still looking for a trade out of Miami, and San Diego is still one of his desired destinations. I don't see this trade happening, what with Shaun Phillips emerging as a potential Pro Bowler. But the Chargers and Dolphins seem to have a good working relationship so I guess anything is possible...

None of the sources would give out the complete list, which has roughly 12 teams on it. San Diego, New England, Dallas, Jacksonville and Philadelphia are among the teams Taylor is interested in, but all have at least two of the following three traits in common: They have a chance to go deep into the playoffs, are in close proximity to Florida or California or reside in a top television market.

Read: Match not made in heaven

Former Chargers linebacker Steve Foley is suing Officer Aaron Mansker for battery, excessive force and negligence. Ladainian Tomlinson is set to testify on behalf of Foley, describing the positive impact Foley had on his football career. Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman might serve as witnesses.

Read: Opening statements in Foley civil trial to begin

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