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Albany Sliced Onion, August 23, 2009
Racers Fall to Baltimore, 14-7, for First Loss
Rally Falters 20 Yards Away From Potential Tying Score
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Charleston Daily Smell, August 23, 2009
Connecticut Thumps Sluggish Cannons, 27-3
Cotchery, Wade Lead Visitors, Manning Picked Twice
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Richmond Timed Distant, August 23, 2009
Patient Rebels Win First, 30-20, Over Hershey
Smith Catches Game-Winner Late in 3rd Quarter
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Providence Kernel, August 23, 2009
Steam Roller Sag as New York Prevails, 24-13
Early Reed Score is Only TD in 2nd Straight Home Loss
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Philadelphia Ink Crier, August 23, 2009
Syracuse Trails Most of Way But Nips Lakers, 24-23
Taylor Interception Inside Two-Minute Mark Seals Outcome
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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, August 24, 2009
Washington Silences Tomlinson, Rolls Cherries, 23-10
Peterson Runs for 130 Yards and 2 TDs, McClain Adds 47
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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, August 24, 2009

Rip Snorter

Tomlinson Near Top of Cherries’ Long List of Worries

After a night during which road warriors dominated EFL play, the Washington Capitols followed suit, keeping the Cherries bottled up and tagging them with a stinker of a 23‑10 loss.

Delaware’s early season three-game home stand is turning into a nightmare. Before this loss to the Caps, the Cherries had not lost consecutive games since week 8 of the 2006 season.

If there’s any solace, two of the Cherries’ three Central Division rivals have the same 1‑2 record. New York, after getting thrashed on opening night by the Cherries, has won two straight to grab sole possession of first place.

The Cherries do not have the look of a team primed to make a run at repeating. Their list of worries is long.

At or near the top of the list is running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Has he lost a step? He has gotten off to slow starts in all three games this season, but against the Caps he never got out of first gear. He finished with a scant 31 yards on 14 carries and 13 yards on 2 catches. Among the Caps’ defenders, linebacker Antonio Pierce caused many of Tomlinson’s woes.

Common wisdom about running backs at this level is they have a shelf life of only 3‑5 years. Tomlinson is in his 8th season with Delaware, so he’s overdue to start the downward slope of his career. Furthermore, he has been the fulcrum of the offense his whole career, subsisting on a steady diet of 20+ carries per game. That’s eventually bound to take its toll.

Tomlinson probably could use longer periods of in-game rest. His backups, Antonio Pittman and Brandon Jackson, may find their roles taking on increasing importance. Of the two backups, Jackson — #3 on the depth chart — has shown more promise, and he didn’t even get into yesterday’s game.

What else is on that list of worries?