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Chargers hopeful Antonio Gates will play this week

When the NFL schedule came out, a lot of folks looked at San Diego’s early season slate and said the defending AFC West champions may start out 5-1 or 6-0.

Instead, they are 2-4 with a date against the Patriots coming up this week.  And they look more banged up than ever.

First, the bad news: Kevin Acee of the San Diego-Union Tribune reports that wide receiver Malcom Floyd and kicker Nate Kaeding are not expected to play against New England.

The good news: The Chargers are “hopeful” tight end Antonio Gates will suit up despite what appears to be a toe injury.  San Diego was also missing wideout Legedu Naanee in a loss to the Rams Sunday.

San Diego’s receiver depth is a big issue this week because they could present matchup problems for New England’s so-so secondary.  The Chargers scored 79 points in their two home games this season.

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9 Responses to “Chargers hopeful Antonio Gates will play this week”
  1. Steve W. says: Oct 18, 2010 4:32 PM

    and somewhere, VJ is saying, “so, about that contract.” LMAO. I really don’t have anything against the Chargers, but I’m really sick of everyone making excuses for them choking away games and saying they’re going to make a run at the SB.

  2. BCfromHell says: Oct 18, 2010 4:41 PM

    Of all the games that SHOULD be blacked out in San Diego…., this is one that the fans have to endure?

  3. nfl says: Oct 18, 2010 4:42 PM

    Gregg, I believe Rivers can make any receiver they put out there look good. But that’s just me, what do you think?

  4. Gregg Rosenthal says: Oct 18, 2010 4:54 PM

    NFL: I more or less agree. But when the passing game has to carry the whole team, eventually these injuries will catch up.

  5. dannymac17 says: Oct 18, 2010 6:04 PM

    im surprised this article has been up this long and only one saying sign vj or give the alchy his booze money already.
    fact is, when gates and floyd was on the sideline, the chargers scored in 40 seconds.
    im not sure what the hell is going on with the chargers, but they need to fix it.

  6. WARaider says: Oct 18, 2010 10:29 PM

    The Chargers are the weakest AFC West team in the division. Rivers is the biggest crybaby in the NFL. He would stroke LT’s dirty spot to get him to come back and generate any kind of running game. Maybe Rivers should man up and run the ball himself if he is so great. He probably can’t because his vagina is dragging the ground all the time. One thing for sure, the Chargers haven’t even sniffed the Lombardi trophy and they never will.

  7. Jangles says: Oct 19, 2010 12:08 AM

    I hate the Chargers and I can respect the fact that, statistically, Rivers has been playing at a near-elite level for a couple of seasons now.
    Who are you kidding? The guy’s YPA is absurd. He throws few picks. He takes few sacks.
    He’s not a likable guy and his on-field antics are over the top, but he’s a damn good quarterback.

  8. dennis112484 says: Oct 19, 2010 2:50 AM

    im shocked that the chargers are 3 point favorites in this game

  9. cp says: Oct 19, 2010 3:31 AM

    Maybe the Chargers will win more games when they move to Los Angeles…

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