Antonio Gates has missed four of the Chargers' past six games because of his torn plantar fascia and is likely to miss another contest this coming Sunday. On Wednesday, the All-Pro tight end said he's not going to evaluate his foot on a week-to-week basis, instead looking at a long-term view to help the team.
"Time is the key. There's not magical treatment for an injury like this," Gates told the North County (Calif.) Times. "Just because I hope to come back if we end up making the postseason, there's no guarantee that I'll be able to go. It gives me a chance."
The Chargers have an 8-6 record, one game out of first place in the AFC West with two games to go. Gates has been able to post incredible numbers this season, with 10 TD catches and an average of 15.6 yards per catch, and it was announced Wednesday that he received 588,245 fan votes for the Pro Bowl, the most of any tight end in the league.
The way we see it
Gates' foot issue is going to linger for a while, so his long-term approach makes sense. If the Chargers do reach the playoffs without the help of Gates, they could be an even stronger team if he can return in the postseason.