Tomlinson healthy and feeling 'fresh' for Jets

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson says he feels "fresh" coming off a knee injury that sidelined him the past two games and is open for a bigger workload as the New York Jets make a playoff push.

The running back returned to practice this week after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against New England on Nov. 13. The sixth-leading rusher in NFL history says Thursday that normally he feels sore at this point in the season, but a reduced role and being sidelined a few weeks might help him be even more effective down the stretch. The Jets play at Washington on Sunday.

Tomlinson jokes that Marty Schottenheimer, his former coach in San Diego, recently told him: "I'm sorry, kid. I just wore you out when you were young."