Antonio Gates has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury, ending the season for the Pro Bowl TE.
Head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will return in 2011 for the Chargers, who were one of the league's biggest disappointments this season.
With the AFC West still within reach and two games against weak competition left on the schedule, the Chargers seemed poised to close out the season with a flurry. However, that was anything but the case Sunday.
Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes during a near-perfect performance in the swirling snow, and the Bengals beat San Diego 34-20 on Sunday, ending the Chargers' run of four straight playoff appearances.
Chargers RB Mike Tolbert was carted off the field of Sunday's game against the Bengals with an apparent head/neck injury.
Because CB Antoine Cason is considered too valuable on defense to risk an injury on special teams, San Diego will take away his punt-return duties now that Darren Sproles is healthy again, according to AFC West Whispers.
Chargers ILB Stephen Cooper has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
They no longer have a host of big names — as one of the league's annual sack leaders, OLB Shaun Phillips might be the biggest — but the Chargers' defense has quietly dominated all season.
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.
Just weeks ago, it appeared there was zero chance WR Vincent Jackson would be back in San Diego following the 2010 season, but that situation could be about to change.
The Chargers signed LB Brandon Moore on Tuesday and waived LB Darry Beckwith.
The Chargers could consider placing a franchise tag on Jackson to keep him for one season, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
If Vincent Jackson had not held out for a majority of the season, we might be talking about him as one of the superstars of 2010. That became quite clear with his effort last Thursday night.
Vincent Jackson had a career-high three touchdown catches as the San Diego Chargers beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-7 on Thursday night to stay alive in the AFC West race.
Needing a win to keep pace with the Chiefs in the AFC West, the Chargers will be without star TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd tonight vs. the 49ers, according to NFL Network reporter Kara Henderson.