Chargers TE Gates could miss Sunday's game

Posted Nov. 04, 2010 @ 10:21 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Chargers TE Antonio Gates spent Wednesday's practice on a scooter.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Gates was protecting his right foot, the opposite foot from the toe and ankle injuries that Gates has been playing through.

In Week Eight's win over the Titans, Gates popped the plantar fascia in his right foot. Acee reported that Gates had to be driven to his car in a cart on Monday because he couldn't walk.

"It's the worst feeling in the world," Gates said about the tearing of his plantar fascia. "Sometimes you feel your career is coming to an end."

Gates has played through pain the past few games, but the pain may be too much for him to play on Sunday vs. the Texans.

The Pro Bowl tight end, who leads the league with nine receiving TDs, has not missed a game since 2005.

The way we see it

Gates' ability to play through pain is remarkable, and he has missed practice time before playing on Sunday numerous times in the past.

He also knows how much the Chargers' offense (and QB Philip Rivers) need him in the lineup. With WRs Legedu Naanee and Malcom Floyd battling injuries, and WR Buster Davis on I.R., Rivers does not have many weapons to throw to, and Gates is his top target.

However, it looks like Gates' consecutive games streak — he has started 87 games in a row — could come to an end.