Lynch returns to practice, pronounces himself ready to play against Chargers Print
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 ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -Broncos safety John Lynch, who missed last week's loss at Indianapolis with a strained groin, participated in the entire practice Wednesday and declared himself ready to face the San Diego Chargers this weekend.
``Things went well. I came out here and practiced a complete practice and really felt good,'' Lynch said.
Asked if that meant he was confident he'd play Sunday, he smiled and said, ``He's baaack!''
Lynch didn't like coach Mike Shanahan's decision to deactivate him against the Colts but said he realizes it was the smart move.
``It's the last thing you want to do. But that's what makes Mike a successful coach. He knew that would be a hard decision for me, so he made the decision himself,'' Lynch said. ``And I didn't necessarily like it but in retrospect (it was) probably the right thing to do and I feel real good.''
This was only the sixth game Lynch missed since 1996.
``Yeah, it's just a terrible feeling. You feel like your team needs you and you're letting them down. It's not something I've gone through a lot in my career and you just want to be out there. But you've got to be right and I probably wasn't all the way last week. But the rest has helped and I felt really good out here today,'' Lynch said.
Lynch is from San Diego and certainly doesn't want to miss playing against the Chargers or running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
``You want to measure yourself against the best and you look forward to that challenge,'' he said.
Lynch even felt like talking a little baseball Wednesday.
Now that his beloved Padres were knocked out by Colorado in the NL wild card tiebreaker Monday night, Lynch has switched his allegiance to the Rockies.
``Now, I will jump on that bandwagon because they are my second-favorite team. But I'm still waiting on (Matt) Holliday to touch home plate, though,'' he said of the slugger who scored the winning run on a contestable call in the 13th inning on Jamey Carroll's sacrifice fly off Trevor Hoffman.
``But they did have that home run that did hit the wheelchair,'' Lynch added of Garrett Atkins' drive that was ruled a double. ``I'm not bitter though. When you win 14 of 15, I've got nothing but respect and love for those guys. I just hurt for guys like Trevor, that's tough.''
Before turning his attention to the NFL, Lynch played in the Marlins' organization, but he doesn't cheer for Florida anymore.
``I guess I have a little loyalty there, but after the fire sale - sales, plural - you kind of lose an identity with that team,'' he said. ``But you grow up in San Diego a Padre fan, that kind of always sticks with you.
``I am a Rockies fan, too, and from here on out, Go Rocks!''
 

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