Chargers' Tomlinson inactive; Sproles starts

PITTSBURGH | The Chargers made injured running back LaDainian Tomlinson inactive for today's AFC Divisional Playoff game because of a torn tendon in his groin area.

That meant former Olathe North and Kansas State star Darren Sproles started and will get the majority of the carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Former Chiefs backup Michael Bennett will also see plenty of action for the underdog Chargers on a cold night at Heinz Field.

Sproles contributed right away as the Chargers needed just 2 minutes, 1 second to open the scoring.

Sproles took a swing pass 12 yards, and he was part of a play fake on which Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw a 41-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead.