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Another Gates injury revealed

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by SD Native WY, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    By Kevin Acee

    Originally published November 3, 2010 at 6:54 p.m., updated November 3, 2010 at 8:41 p.m.


    Antonio Gates was wheeling around Wednesday on a scooter that kept his right foot off the ground.

    That’s the opposite foot from the toe and ankle injuries that were known to be hobbling him the past two weeks.

    In the second half of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, a game in which he caught five passes for 123 yards, Gates popped the plantar fascia in his right foot. Plantar fasciitis is the ailment for which Gates sought a medical opinion in May, but it had not bothered him this season until he attempted to compensate for the injuries around his left foot in the Chargers’ Oct. 24 loss to New England.

    “My (right) foot was on fire,” Gates said of the aftermath of the Patriots game. “It was so bad, it was like my toe and ankle didn’t bother me anymore.”

    The breaking of the plantar fascia actually allows for healing, eliminating the tightness with which Gates had to play against Tennessee. The plantar fascia is a band that runs from the heel to the toes and works with the arch of the foot when the foot pushes off. The tearing is extremely painful.

    “It’s the worst feeling in the world,” Gates said. “Sometimes you feel your career is coming to an end.”

    Monday, Gates had to be driven to his car in a cart because he couldn’t walk.

    Dr. Phillip Kwong, a foot specialist with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, said people find it difficult to walk for two weeks or more after tearing a plantar fascia.

    “I think it’s going to be really tough to play with any proficiency this Sunday, unless they do a remarkable job anesthetizing him,” Kwong said. “… He has a lot of demands on him at his position,” Kwong said. “This injury will make it difficult for him to push off and be explosive.”

    Gates has been able to play in relative comfort thanks to pain killing injections, but the hurt is almost intolerable when those wear off.

    Gates declared privately after the Titans game he was out for this Sunday at Houston.

    “I was in so much pain,” Gates said. “… But you take steps, you prepare the right way. I hope I can go.”

    He described the scooter and other measures he is going through as giving him “a chance” to face the Texans.

    “That’s how important this game is,” he said. “I know I said last week’s game was important. But the fact we won makes this game even more important.”
     
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    He needs the Good Feet Store!

    It worked for these old birds:



    :bananasmoke:
     
  3. 65TossPowerTrap

    65TossPowerTrap BoltTalker

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    As much as I have discounted him for not being a true tight end in the past, this dude has proven that he is a flat out warrior. Brett Favre gets the hype about playing hurt, but this dude is always hurt...and always giving it his all. If he is out, it's because his foot has fallen off or something.

    Lot's of respect for Gates.
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    What if it were to reach playing incentives ($) and nothing more ?

    In other words, if Gates told you he was doing this for a paycheck, would you still respect him ?
     
  5. 65TossPowerTrap

    65TossPowerTrap BoltTalker

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    I am not going to say that can't be the case, but I believe it goes beyond that with him. Even if that is his motivation, the fact that he's willing to go through such effort to reach his goals, be they financial or not, is respectable. There are few professions where striving to achieve financial goals is looked down upon.

    Now, if he's striving to achieve personal financial goals at the expense of the team...that'd be a different story, but I don't think many people would argue that Gates on the field, even at 50-60% hurts the team more than Gates on the sideline.

    Look at him in the Titan's game. He was a no show for 3 quarters and then, I don't know if they shot him up with enough cortisone to drop Lindsay Lohan, but he exploded.
     
  6. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough. I was curious what another fan thought.

    Gates seems to be able to find the soft spots when he is injured and gets lost in the defense. He uses that and the ability to lumber foot his way for positive yardage. If the Chargers are smart, they force Gates to sit and use next weeks bye to get healed as much as possible and get ready for the second half push.
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Let him take the Texans game off and heal during the bye week, it's worth it at this point
     
  8. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    I agree he needs the 2 weeks off!
     
  9. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Without a doubt Gates has earned the time out. I am and sure that the team beleive he deserves a chance to take some of this team off his back and: Take it easy MAN.

    Far as the for the money/stats, I Think back to LTs cameo in Any Given Sunday. That one last Sack and his record and his million dollar bonus. Even being a scripted scene that was a very tearjerker moment where you were proud of what he was risking to acheive the most he could in his short time on the field and also scared of the worse a life altering injury. To me all players that are steping onto the field *Goodell softening pending* are putting their individual lives/long term careers on the line. I cant look down on a player that wants to play purely becuase that is what they know to do/ or all they ever wanted to do. Even if a time/play bonus jus happens to be part of the deal.

    I personaly would be more comfortable if we can talk Gates into sitting out 3 weeks. He has already done more than his share of playing through pain and maintaining his #1 receiving threat status for out offense.
     
  10. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    So just curious, what is a true tight end by your standards???

    Kellen Winslow?
    Ozzie Newsome?
    Shannon Sharpe?
    Tony Gonzalez?

    Other than Gates, those are the top 4 in NFL history, so I'm just curious. All 4 of them like Gates were tremendous pass catchers and HOF material.
     

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