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L.T. refuses to respond

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson catches a pass

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson catches a pass during the first day of training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2010) Credit: Pat Orr Photography

LaDainian Tomlinson chose to take the high road, preferring not to get into what essentially is becoming an East Coast-West Coast feud.

Some of Tomlinson's former teammates ripped him a bit yesterday, including quarterback Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. The tight end insinuated L.T. was a me-first guy and wasn't always about the team.

“Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team,” Gates told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Not to say it was an issue, but we know it’s not an issue for sure now.”

“Me and L.T. had a wonderful relationship too," Gates added. "But sometimes you got the sense of stardom status and you can only take it so far. With Philip, I never feel that.”

Tomlinson was asked about the comments and had very little to really say about them.

"I don't have a reaction to it," Tomlinson said. "I really wish those guys the best. I've moved on and I just try to focus on this team and what I'm doing here and not even worry about what's being said back there."

He did admit he was surprised, though.

"Yeah, it's pretty surprising because we all had a great relationship," Tomlinson said. "I never put myself in position to be bigger than the team. I mean, I never act like that. So it was surprising, but again, it is what it is. Guys are going to feel differently and I'm moving on."

Moving on and almost into uncharted territory for the future Hall of Fame running back. Tomlinson found himself on the neatly-manicured grass fields more than a couple of times during the first two days of training camp, something he's definitely not used to. 

"This is my first time actually going live in practice out of all my years and I love that because it's football," he said. "You're going to get hit and the quicker you get acclimated to getting hit and being on the ground is better for you when the games start."

As for that thing about not playing much in the preseason, which was considered Tomlinson's M.O, he doesn't think that will be the case this preseason.

"Hopefully, I'll play, " Tomlinson said. "I want to play. I want to be with the guys. Everybody else is going to play and I want to be a part of it." 

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