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Notebook: Gates' injury concerning

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_notes_21.3d6ffb0.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise</a>

    By Jim Alexander

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/gates12.jpg" class="left" alt="Antonio Gates Hurt" />SAN DIEGO - There was one downside to the Chargers' rousing victory over Buffalo on Sunday, and it could be a significant one.

    Tight end Antonio Gates suffered an injured right foot in the third quarter, left the game for treatment and did not return.

    In the immediate aftermath of the game, Gates' injury was diagnosed as a sprain, but his availability for next week's game in Washington will be a source of concern all week.


    "He was struggling a little bit to get up and he was in some pain," LaDainian Tomlinson said.

    "But I'll say Antonio (a former college basketball player at Kent State) has become a football player. We used to tease him when he first came in about how basketball players would get a tweaked ankle and be out for a week or two. 'Hey, this is football. You've got to play with it.'

    "He's a tough guy. I expect him to be OK."

    Alworth's Day

    The irony wasn't lost on Lance Alworth. The day the Chargers honored him by retiring his number, Keenan McCardell needed one play to pass Alworth on the all-time receiving yards list.

    McCardell needed 35 yards to move into 21st place. He got 39 on Drew Brees' first pass of the game.

    Later, Alworth chatted with him.

    "He just wanted to congratulate me," McCardell said. "He said, man, he wished he was here still doin' it. He told me to just enjoy it, because it goes by fast."

    Alworth was joined by a collection of 50 some Chargers alumni on the field at halftime, when the club officially hoisted his No. 19 from the top of Qualcomm Stadium. During his acceptance speech, he did something he said he'd never had the opportunity to do publicly.

    "I didn't get to say goodbye when I was traded from San Diego (to Dallas) in the latter part of my career," he told the crowd. "I always felt there was something missing. I want you to know now how much you meant to me -- and your parents and grandparents, too."

    Gamblin' Man

    Marty Schottenheimer, wild-eyed liberal, said the decision was easy. On fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 1-yard line on the first possession of the game, there was no thought of sending the field-goal team onto the field.

    "You can do things like that when you have the ball at that end of the field, because if you don't make it they've still got (99) yards to go," he said. "Where you've got to be careful is when you don't have as much real estate (to play with). But that was really an easy decision for me."

    His next gamble was even more dramatic. On fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 2 late in the half, the Chargers called a pass play, and Brees hit Lorenzo Neal in the end zone to make it 28-3.

    Coverage Problems

    San Diego's kick coverage team had problems much of the day. Buffalo averaged 26.6 yards per return, including a 45-yard return by Roscoe Parrish and a 42-yard runback by Terrence McGee.

    "I'm very frustrated by it and very disappointed about it," Schottenheimer said.

    "We need to kick it better. You cannot kick the ball, in this league, down the middle of the field to the 20-yard line. ... We're trying to get it fixed, and it isn't getting fixed."
     

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