Gates (hip) practiced fully Thursday. After practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday, Gates' full participation Thursday suggests that he is trending toward a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Gates (hip) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune Gates indicated Monday that he needed to decide this week whether or not his playing through his aches and pains, as he has of late, is helping or hurting the Chargers. "That's where I'm at right now," said Gates, who was limited to one catch on three targets for six yards this past Sunday against the Chiefs. Wednesday's practice participation, albeit in a limited capacity, does bode well for the veteran tight end's chances of being available Sunday against the Jaguars, however.
Gates has only one catch on three targets for six yards on Sunday against the Chiefs With Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd injured, it was thought that the Chargers would lean on Gates even more than usual, but he had an awful game and was even seen having a heated argument with Philip Rivers on the sideline at one stage of the game. It's unclear whether his knee and hip injuries contributed to his weak output, or if it was just a case of the Chargers offense having a really bad game against a tough Chiefs defense. Next up is a Jaguars team that should give the Bolts a lot less trouble.
Gates (knee/hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. As is Ladarius Green, and per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, with wideouts Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd both out, the Chargers could well "lean on multiple (tight end) packages" on Sunday.
Gates (knee/hip) is considered probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Gates returned to a limited practice Friday, after sitting out Thursday's session, so it looks like he'll be a go for Sunday's 4:05 ET contest. The veteran tight end is coming off a six-catch, 69-yard effort in Week 9's loss to the Bears, a game in which he was targeted 11 times.
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