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Chargers TE Gates unlikely to play

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 9, 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://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/site/_content/Article/NFL/A2440681199781707A.jpg" alt="Antonio Gates" align="right" height="218" width="218" />SAN DIEGO (TICKER)"  -- The chances of San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates playing in Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts appear slim.

    While Gates is listed as day-to-day with a sprained left big toe, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the injury is actually a dislocation.

    While the organization has said it hopes to have the Pro Bowl tight end in action Sunday, it may be unrealistic to think Gates can bounce back from such an injury so quickly.

    "I don't know how long it's going to be," San Diego general manager A.J. Smith told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday. "Any time that a star player is away from you, obviously it hurts you."

    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.

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a similar injury in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns and was forced to miss the team's next game. He did return the following week, however.

    Gates suffered his injury during the second quarter of the Chargers' 17-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's AFC wild card game.

    Before Gates could get to his feet following a short reception, Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown hammered him to the ground and it appeared the tight end's big toe got caught in the turf and bent backward.

    The team's leading receiver with 75 receptions and nine touchdown catches, Gates was taken from the field on a cart and did not return.

    "If he can't go, then obviously that's a part we're going to miss because of the attention he attracts from defenses," Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson told the newspaper. "Nobody is going to take his place. But we've got to have somebody to make a play or two for us."

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