L.T. still talking about San Diego

Former San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson thinks struggling Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is “distracted.”

TomlinsonTomlinsonThe comments made by Tomlinson -- who has made a habit of commenting on the Chargers since his Feb., 2010 release by the team -- were heard in San Diego.

Rivers and San Diego general manager A.J. Smith responded to Tomlinson’s comments to the San Diego Union Tribune. As expected, Rivers took the comments in stride (while denying them) and Smith threw a zinger Tomlinson’s way. Tomlinson and Smith have made a sport of trading barbs the past couple of years.

Expect this story to have some legs for a day or so, but I don’t think there’s much to it.

My take on it is shouldn’t the Jets running back be more concerned about his own quarterback than Rivers? I think it’d be best for Tomlinson if he just moves on from his San Diego days. But he seems to have a problem doing that.

Meanwhile, it appears the San Diego Chargers could be without several key players in a pivotal game against unbeaten Green Bay on Sunday.

Among the San Diego players who missed their second straight day of practice Thursday were running backs Ryan Mathews (groin) and Curtis Brinkley (concussion), guard Kris Dielman (he is out for, at least, another game with a concussion), receiver Malcom Floyd (hip) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (foot).

However, receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) practiced Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. Running back Mike Tolbert practiced fully for the second straight day after missing the Chiefs game with a hamstring injury. Tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice Thursday, but the team said it wasn’t injury related.

In other AFC West news:

Denver football leader John Elway was at a Stanford practice, scouting quarterback Andrew Luck, who should be the No.1 pick in the draft. I know much will be made out of this, but it's simple: Elway would love to have Luck and he will take him if he can get his hands on the No. 1 pick. The interest is not a surprise. I’m sure Elway will scout Luck again.