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Antonio Cromartie injures knee in practice, L.T. has the flu

On the same day that Chargers demoted cornerback Antoine Cason from his position as nickel back, starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a knee injury.

So maybe Cason won’t be on the bench for long.

For now, Cromartie’s injury is being described as a “tweak,” per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. But he’s going to have an MRI, which means that there’s a chance that the news won’t be great for the Chargers, who play at Kansas City on Sunday.

The team also is dealing with a minor flu outbreak. Four players, including running back LaDainian Tomlinson, missed practice on Thursday.

Though it’s not known whether the other three have H1N1, there’s a good chance that L.T. is suffering from the strain known as “that’s what you get for taking me out on third down near the goal line.”