Gates was named the starter at center for the Giants' Week 1 matchup against the Steelers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Gates signed a two-year extension early in August and was projected to play a key role along the team's offensive line. That has come to fruition, as he beat out Spencer Pulley for the starting center job. He'll draw a tough assignment in Week 1, as the Steelers feature one of the most formidable pass rushes in the league.
Gates agreed to a two-year extension Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
The extension reportedly adds an extra $6.83 million onto the life of the deal, with the possibility of incentives pushing it closer to $10 million. It's a hefty price hike for Gates, who is expected to act as a swing center and tackle this season.
Gates (foot) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
Gates has a chance to return after Week 8, but the odds of that happening seem slim to none at the moment. The Giants are likely to allocate their midseason injured reserve promotion on a more impactful player. In all likelihood, Gates will have to compete for a roster spot in 2019.