Chargers' Antonio Gates: Still bothered by hammy

Gates is still bothered by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for Weeks 3 and 4, ESPN.com reports.

Gates didn't take part in Monday's practice even though no aggravation was reported in the aftermath of Thursday's win over Denver. He said he's been playing at less than 100 percent strength, which raises questions about his effectiveness, if not his availability, heading into Sunday's game against Atlanta. Gates sounded like he expects to play, though he'll likely serve in a part-time role once again.

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