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Gates says pain 'tolerable' after running routes

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    August 12, 2008

    Antonio Gates took a significant step in his recovery from toe surgery yesterday. Many steps. Before the rest of the team practiced in the afternoon, Gates ran routes in the morning – taking off and stopping and catching passes and appearing to be close to his All-Pro form.
    “It looks better than it feels,” Gates said later. “ . . . It's not as comfortable as it looks. I got through it. The pain is tolerable.”
    Gates is still feeling a high level of discomfort in his left big toe. And even though he's been told by the medical staff that setbacks and stalling is normal, he is extremely frustrated with his level of improvement.
    “It's about the same as it was last week,” he said. “My whole thing is I want to see progress, and I want to see it fast.”
    Gates, who is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and has yet to practice with the team this training camp, hopes to progress to hitting pads next week and maybe return to practice soon after that. He went as far as to say if the Chargers had a game that counted this week, he “would dress and try to play.” He still believes he will play in the Sept. 7 season opener.
    But he reiterated his earlier vow not to return before he is entirely ready.
    “My goal is to start the season and finish the season,” he said. “I refuse to come back early and fall short in the regular season, fall short in the postseason.”
    VJ works

    Vincent Jackson returned to practice, for a while. Bothered by a hamstring that kept him out the past nine practices and Saturday's preseason opener, Jackson worked in individual but not team drills.
    “Hopefully,” head coach Norv Turner said, “each day he'll be able to do more.”
    Back to work

    With the first exhibition game in the past, the tone of training camp seems to change as the clock has begun on the preseason. Players are sore and tired and complacency can be an issue.
    “Today's an easy day to have a letdown,” quarterback Philip Rivers said after the Chargers practiced yesterday following an off day. “Two days after a game and you're back in full pads going at it, so it could be easy to have one of those sloppy, quiet, unenthusiastic practices. But we've got enough veterans and leaders on this team, we didn't let that happen today.”
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    Shawne Merriman, who is routinely working out on the side instead of practicing in order to strengthen his surgically repaired knee, has decided to wear a brace during the regular season to protect against being rolled up on.
    Merriman, Marcus McNeill (neck), Luis Castillo (back) and Cory Withrow (groin) sat out practice.
    Tight end Scott Chandler (back) returned to practice and worked the whole time. Fullback Andrew Pinnock (knee) increased his workload.
    LaDainian Tomlinson paid rookie Jacob Hester a high compliment yesterday, considering how much Tomlinson appreciated his former backup. Said LT: “Hester reminds me a little bit of Michael Turner just for his power. Both of them have a very strong lower body, and they can really run through people. He's similar to Michael in that way.” The Chargers have a special-teams workout this morning, which is closed to the public and then an open practice from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    Gates is breaking adhesions and stretching the Plantar out to it's normal length. The pain will stop in a week or two.
     
  3. BFISA

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    From your keyboard to God's Monitor!! :tup:
     
  4. Boltjolt

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    Didnt he hurt his toe? Isnt the plantar related to a lis franc injury?

    I really dont know but i do know he has had many , many months , ....weeks to get better so im not optomistic he will be fine in another week or two but i hope so.
     
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    ...I sure hope you're right RC. I still cringe thinking about seeing Gates on the ground against the Titans right before impact. He was on his knees with his toes straight down, trying to get up. I knew something very bad was about to happen...it just hit me like that right before it happened :icon_sad:
     
  6. Concudan

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    Take your time Gates, we need you later, not early.
     
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  7. Skuzzlebutt

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    Dear adopted son,

    Please take your time. We can handle the first few without you. I'd love to see you out there by week 6, but even then, January is what is important.

    80% of you is two times better than what most teams have at TE, but we need 100% to bring this town a ring.

    Don't be frustrated by slow progress, as it is still progress. You will be back and as good as ever, just be smart.

    I know I've taught you well.

    Love,

    Dad
     
  8. TheBeast

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    totally agree. panthers lost there number one player do to suspension, so did the donkeys being marshall, jets don't look scary even with brett soooo... just take it easy we need you healthy for week 6.
     
  9. Retired Catholic

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    If I remember correctly, he was also suffering from an inflamed plantar as a result of the original injury. The plantar originates at the heel and runs the whole length of the arch and inserts immediately behind the phalanges, but even if the plantar wasn't that badly inflamed the inactivity will weaken it and shorten it. My plantar problems started with the toe and the injury was to the top side of the foot.
     
  10. Boltdiehard

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    Thank you Dr RC!!! :abq2::icon_party::abq1:

    You sound like a man who knows so I'll roll with it. :bolt:

    In my study I tend to roll with the gut and I think he'll be ready. :tup:
     
  11. TheLash

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    ouch I rmember having to do that w/ my knee after a shattered knee cap w/ 3 months in a cast and then another 3 months while my insurance dicked me around on starting my physical therapy.

    I had something like 8 degress of flexibility when therapy started and breaking through the adhesions was the worst part. sometimes you could actually hear them tear:unsure:

    don't miss that at all.
     
  12. foober

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    I'm starting to learn what hurting a toe will do to a player. Geez. gates has to start wearing very protective shoes. As should castillo and any other charger that has foot or ankle problems. We need these guys. You'd think the medical staff could come up with better equipment to protect players with tendencies for a certain injury. Rivers has to start wearing very supportative knee braces from here on. Opposing teams are gonna launch at his knees every chance they get.
     

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