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Gates to see foot specialist

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  1. Blue Bolt

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    Antonio Gates to see foot specialist
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 26, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Chargers tight end Antonio Gates can’t shake his foot injuries. He’s looking to a foot specialist once again for answers to why he can’t seem to stay healthy.

    It gets frustrating,” Gates told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “… [Seeing more specialists] I think I get the satisfaction of knowing that it’s not anything that would hinder me from my career.”

    The question for Gates: Should he sit out a handful of weeks to get “100%” or try to handle the week-to-week pain?

    For Gates and the Chargers, it’s a question they are getting too familiar with.
     
  2. Blue Bolt

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    An uncomfortable reality for Gates
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    Kevin Acee

    As Antonio Gates seeks more input regarding his still-ailing right foot, wondering why it is the pain remains so severe, a possibility no one wants to consider hovers like a dark cloud that may or may not burst.

    Even if Gates says his future is only a matter of how he will get back to full strength and not if, any concern has merit, if only because of who it is about and what he has meant to the Chargers. To even be contemplating such a question is a compliment to him.

    Gates has for seven seasons been among the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL, doer of unprecedented feats, destined for immortalization in the form of a bronze bust in Canton, Ohio.

    But now, as the man who has proven his toughness again and again is again out for an indefinite period, we must consider the highly uncomfortable, almost unthinkable possibility:
    Is this the beginning of the end?

    Gates shook his head from side to side before he answered.

    “No,” he said. “I think physically you get an idea about where you’re at by going out and playing and running around. Prior to the Patriots game, I felt like I could still be who I am. The way I was running around in New England … Practice wise, I’m running around, I feel fast. So, to me, I just always, you know, I’ve always been optimistic on everything.”

    Gates said the pain presently is not as severe as it was last season when he played almost two months with a torn plantar fascia before finally having to sit the season’s final four games. An MRI on his foot last week, Gates said, “looked great.”

    Still, he plans to see a foot specialist on Tuesday and is considering further examination by the doctor who performed his foot surgery following the 2007 season.

    “It gets frustrating,” Gates said. “… (Seeing more specialists) I think I get the satisfaction of knowing that it’s not anything that would hinder me from my career.”

    Gates said the issue comes down to committing to playing now and enduring the weekly pain and “cycle” of uncertainty over whether he will play or resting for another three to five weeks or longer and hoping that is enough so that when he comes back he can finish the season without interruption.

    “I think those questions are still in the air,” he said. “… Rest can definitely help, but it’s a combination of, at what point is the worst-case scenario for me? Is it going to be a situation where if I rest it ain’t going to make a difference if I come back and run, because you have to get through the scar tissue?

    “It’s always up to me and how much pain I can tolerate. And I think to me, that’s the most deceiving thing about MRI, because they tell you how you (are) structurally. But they can’t, no one can just tell you how you feel.”

    According to Gates and others in the organization, scar tissue has built up in Gates’ foot over the past year since he tore his plantar fascia. During the offseason, rest made his foot stronger but activity since the start of camp has caused discomfort.

    Twice in August, he tore the scar tissue, had to sit and then felt even better when he returned. He tore it further in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 18 game at New England.

    “I think you tear the scar tissue, it’s like you take a step back and then you get stronger and that’s what I watched myself do,” he said. “… It’s kind of like you’re constantly doing it and you’re stretching it.”

    A doctor who has not examined Gates wondered on Monday if the wear and tear on Gates' foot, including his compensating by playing through plantar fasciitis last year, may have contributed to other injuries in the foot.

    “It doesn’t sound like rest is going to be the answer,” said Dr. Phillip Kwong, foot and ankle specialist at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “He did have the offseason to rest; there wasn’t much of a preseason. That was an extended period of rest.”

    The 31-year-old Gates was the Chargers’ leading receiver every year from 2004 to ’09 and wasn’t last year by a smidge because he didn’t play in six games. Since Philip Rivers became the starting quarterback in 2006, he has thrown 566 passes in Gates’ direction and completed 376 of those passes to his favorite target. Gates' 537 total receptions rank sixth all-time among tight ends. His 69 touchdowns are second.

    Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Monday that Gates could return as soon as this Sunday, but he did so with something less than conviction.

    While Gates has by playing with severe injuries in two postseasons and last season shown he is willing to do whatever it takes to play, he seemed on Monday more inclined to be patient.

    “People say, ‘Oh, it’s just scar tissue, why don’t you play?’ ” Gates said. “And it’s just, my scar tissue might not be like the norm when you constantly take medication, you constantly doing things to keep playing and keep playing and keep playing. So maybe it’s just, uh, you know ...

    “I do want to be me in the game. I think that’s the bottom line for me. I don’t want to go be just, you know, just go out there and just be out there. I want to be able to run and do the things that I can do.”
     
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Unfortunately, PF could prove to be the end to his career...

    If he never played another down, will he go into the HOF?
     
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    At what point do you consider Gates and Norv dilusional?

    Its already well known the injury never fully goes away, as far as I'm concerned we need to be looking to draft or trade for a replacement right now.
     
  5. Blue Bolt

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    Aren't Randy McMichael and Kory Sperry good enough for you? ;)
     
  6. ThunderHorse17

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    If your just now coming around to the thought that Gates might not be able to cement his HOF career, well then your about a year late. The lets sit him til hes 100% idea is great, but PF wont be gone in a few weeks. He has been living with it for too many months already. It sucks, statwise he is 2 good years away from cementing as one of the greatest at his position and HOF entitlement.

    Gates calibur talent like LT wont be found again for years to come. So imo jus shitcan the who do we get in the draft talk before you waste your time and brain energy.
     
  7. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    McMichael is aight, but he's old, not a long term solution.

    And we've seen nothing from Sperry yet, just camp hype so far.

    So at the moment I'm very concerned. Of course I've been saying for 2 years now we need to look at TEs in the draft.
     
  8. FCBolt

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    Reminds me of the LT debate relative to 'when do we cut him loose', except for one important point: Gates isn't ever going to go primadonna, so the Bolts can keep him around while developing another TE (assuming contract gets renegotiated). OT and OLB ahead of TE in terms of need imo. Haven't looked at the '12 draft class much, TE up there in need, not sure of talent but it's a position to watch.

    I'm assuming that his plantar fasciitis isn't going to improve enough to justify his contract $$$. If it does, great--all systems go. If not, I'm sure Gates would agree that a Super Bowl is more important then the HOF bid he already has wrapped up.
     
  9. Joy Division

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    As long as the foot specialist he sees doesn't wear sweater vests and reside in New York...
    I actually hate to admit, it but somewhere inside me I was actually rooting for the Raiders to
    win last week...sort of. It was a very strange feeling...or maybe I just needed to use the restroom.
    The P.F. thing is a definite downer. I've heard about stem cell therapy where they inject your
    own adult stem cells into the scar tissue and it regenerates the damaged tissue.
    It wouldn't be a bad idea if Gates looked into it...like yesterday.
     
  10. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

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    Your right, I ruptured mine returning a kick and never fully recovered. Still feel it sometimes today nearly 15 years later. Sad to say, Gates may be done for good.:unsure:
     
  11. CoronaDoug

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    This is very Eric Parker like.
     
  12. charger1993

    charger1993 bad motherfucker

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    For Gates replacement we need to draft Dwayne Allen TE Clemson, heres what he plays like
     
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    I had to stop watching as soon as it popped on the screen: Negatives
    I was about to stop already cuz he didnt look like anything special. Was that the plan find Gates replacement via UDFAs?
     
  14. charger1993

    charger1993 bad motherfucker

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    he is really good at stretching the field like gates, and has good hands, he just drops em sometimes
     
  15. Buck Melanoma

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    No, he's not. His hands are OK but nothing special. The guy who stretches the field for them & is the biggest aerial weapon on that squad BY FAR is freshman Sammy Watkins.

    Kory Sperry needs to take advantage of the extra reps. He's no Gates but who is?
     
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    He'll have another couple of years of playing off an on. He'll have good days, marginal days and he'll sit on the bench at times. There is too much "upside" in Gates to call it quits cleanly.
     
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    Sept. 27, 2011 4:27 p.m. - by Dan McLellan - Gates may miss five weeks or longer
    TE Antonio Gates said he tore scar tissue against the Patriots in Week 2 in the foot he suffered a torn plantar fascia last season, according to San Diego Union Tribune. The pain from the tear is the reason he could not play last week against the Chiefs. Gates is contemplating resting three to five weeks or longer with hopes he will come back and complete the season uninterrupted.Chargers RapidReports
     
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    dude sammy is a beast. i love that kid. but i do think this kid is special ive watched him his whole collegiate career. trained under gates for maybe a yar or so, he could be a beast
     
  21. SuperCharger92

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    were ******.
     
  22. Buck Melanoma

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    Oh well then .... I'll tell him you said hello on Sat. in Blacksburg.
     
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  23. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Now he says he'll probably come back sooner.

    But Gates and Norv have always been overly optomistic......to a disturbingly dilusional point infact.
     
  24. Dublin Bolt

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    I read somewhere that he has already had all the rest he needed i.e. in offseason. I don't believe this period of rest is gona make a difference. I fear the worst for him now. Tragic that an injury as bad as this has beset him.
     
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    I don't think you can blame the player they will just hope for the best. It's up to the coach and GM to take the longer view and this team often seems to gamble on injured players.
     
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    I think one key area where we fall down as far as building a strong team is waiting too long to draft/groom the next player(s) for key positions. See NT as an example.

    Perhaps that's what you mean.
     
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  28. Buck Melanoma

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    That's more along the lines of what I mean. :roflmao:
     
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    Funny thing is, three years ago many here were bitching about AJ picking up Garay out of the garbage heap.
     
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    To be fair, AJ has hit on a higher percentage of his dumpster pickups than his 1st round draft picks...... #imjustsaying
     

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