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Chargers TE Gates remains optimistic

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txchargersgates&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PA SportsTicker</a>

    <img src="http://www.chargers.com/assets/135/27038_450w380h.jpg" alt="Photo by Mike Nowak, Chargers.com" align="left" height="265" width="221" />SAN DIEGO (TICKER)"  -- San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates isn't throwing in the proverbial towel just yet, but he is on the ropes.

    Gates is still hoping to play in Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, although he admitted Thursday that surgery is an eventual possibility for his injured toe.

    The Chargers' leading receiver with 75 receptions and nine touchdown catches this season, Gates suffered a dislocated left big toe in last Sunday's 17-6 wild card victory over the Tennessee Titans.

    "I'm trying to do everything I can," Gates told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday. "Right now, it's still a game-time decision. It's pretty sore. It felt good Tuesday, but it doesn't feel as good today.

    "It's a tricky situation, really it is. As far as the risk and reward, I'm trying to measure that."

    Though it remains unlikely that the Pro Bowl tight end will be able take the field Sunday, Gates is holding out hope.

    "I've still got a couple of days to do treatment and get some rest on it," he said. "They're trying to eliminate as much pain and swelling as possible."

    Regardless of whether he tries to play Sunday, the Chargers are expected to keep Gates active in the hopes he can play in the AFC championship game or Super Bowl, if the team makes it that far.

    Gates also admitted Thursday that he may have to consider having surgery on the toe this offseason.

    "Unfortunately I really can't say at this point whether or not I'm going to have surgery because it's still a 50-50 chance," he said.

    Gates said he probably won't try running until Sunday morning.

    "Right now, keeping pressure off of it is the best thing for it," he said. "It's just imperative that I keep the swelling out and I keep pressure off of it."

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