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And now for a change of pace around here - Antonio Gates' status still up in air

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005

    Lets get back to talking Raiders vs. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS football

    Gates might play, VJ still has a bruised mangina.

    San Diego Chargers' Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Mike Tolbert practice - ESPN

    SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers got some encouraging news regarding three key players for Sunday's home game against the visiting Oakland Raiders.

    Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, wide receiver Malcom Floyd and running back Mike Tolbert participated in practice.

    "It's nice to get them out here and get them the reps that we emphasize on Friday," coach Norv Turner said. "I would love to have them practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but that is not where we are at right now. But I'm optimistic all three will be able to play."

    Gates, who missed two of the last three games with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, practiced for the first time this week, in a limited role. He likely won't know his status until the hours leading to kickoff.

    "Can I sustain it for a whole football game, and if not, can I still come in and contribute on certain plays?" Gates said. "That is just where I'm at with it and we'll see how it feels on Sunday. I get a chance to go out there and warm up and run around -- the whole vibe of when I wake up that morning and how my foot feels and how it feels running around usually determines if I'm going to play."

    Floyd, bothered by a hamstring injury, participated in the full practice.

    Tolbert practiced for the first time this week as swelling in his bruised hand had prevented him from participating Wednesday or Thursday. Tolbert is the team's leading rushing and has nine touchdowns.

    Those numbers were expected to be produced by Ryan Mathews, the team's first-round pick. But a high ankle sprain has derailed his season. Mathews missed the last two games and has missed three overall.

    He practiced all this week and will get a share of Sunday's carries. Turner said that if Tolbert is healthy, he remains the featured back.

    "I just want to go out there and play again," Mathews said. "It doesn't matter how they're going to use me, as long as I'm back on the field with my teammates. Whether it's one carry or 10 carries, I just want to play."

    Unable to practice were wide receivers Vincent Jackson (calf) and Patrick Crayton (wrist), plus starting right guard Louis Vasquez (neck). Crayton has been declared out, with Jackson and Vasquez are listed as doubtful. Neither has practiced all week.

  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Mar 5, 2006
    If there is any way he can go he will...
  3. mainstayjames

    mainstayjames BoltTalker

    Sep 12, 2010
    I already put him in my lineup this week. Taking the gamble that he's going to play...

    He's Antonio Gates. He's a beast. He's going to play.
  4. gsxr

    gsxr BoltTalker

    Nov 3, 2010
    He'll play, dude's tough. I think he's showing VJ what it's like to earn your stripes and get paid.
  5. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    I'd sit the dude for one more week at least. This game is in the bag without Gates. We do not need him tomorrow. Rest the warrior. Let him heal some more.
  6. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Agree. We can beat the Ruckin Faiders without Gates. Get that planters facicus or whatever that is to heal. We need No. 85 for the home stretch!

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