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Antonio Gates likely out for rest of regular season

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The Chargers offense showed the last two games that they can do just fine without Antonio Gates.   It looks like they will have to continue doing so for the next two weeks.

Gates told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that it’s “kind of the goal” to get Gates back for the postseason at the earliest — if the Chargers make it.  Gates was enjoying perhaps his best season in an amazing career, but has missed three games with turf toe and a torn plantar fascia in his foot.

The approach makes a lot of sense for the Chargers.  This a team shooting for the Super Bowl.

They need some help to get to the playoffs, but they have shown they can score points without their best players.  With Vincent Jackson back in the mix, they should have enough weapons to win in Cincinnati and Denver the next two games.

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13 Responses to “Antonio Gates likely out for rest of regular season”
  1. chapnastier says: Dec 17, 2010 12:01 PM

    Perfect timing… the dude gets me within a game of fantasy playoffs and then is done.

  2. grpatriot says: Dec 17, 2010 12:11 PM

    Are you basing that on the 49er defense???
    This is a blow to their chances! Even if they get by the Chiefs, how far can they go without Gates?
    He’s half their offense. I guess this just isn’t Rivers year?
    Optimism based on how the Niners defense play is well, unrealistic. I mean did the Niners even roll a safety to help with Jackson?
    Try to doubleteam him? No…Do you honestly believe that the Ravens, Steelers and Patriots will let one player beat them? They’ll take away Jackson and make someone else catch the passes.

  3. boblavoie says: Dec 17, 2010 12:11 PM

    “SHOOTING FOR THE SUPERBOWL”????

    They should be concentrating on the next game as they have been shooting themselves in the foot!

  4. help me says: Dec 17, 2010 12:14 PM

    It was obvious he would sit until the post-season.

  5. 8man says: Dec 17, 2010 12:37 PM

    It won’t matter. The Chargers will win the division and host a playoff game.

    If they get the Jets, assuming the Jets still make it in, they will win and probably go to New England or Pittsburgh.

    Watch out for that team in Indy also. Until Peyton Manning and the Colts are officially eliminated, I think you have to assume they’ll find a way in.

  6. shackdelrio says: Dec 17, 2010 12:42 PM

    Fantasy nerds everywhere are now in a panic.

  7. JSpicoli says: Dec 17, 2010 1:44 PM

    Gates has never been quite healthy since his toe got dislo’ed against the Titans in the playoffs.

  8. jjackwagon says: Dec 17, 2010 1:53 PM

    “SHOOTING FOR THE SUPERBOWL”????

    Seriously?!?!?!?! They still need a Chiefs loss just to win their own division. They might want to shoot for that first.

  9. mrgroovesd says: Dec 17, 2010 2:01 PM

    I hope they do make it to the playoffs and having Gates/Jackson/Floyd healthy will have to have defenses play honest and can’t stack the box because one of those guys or another TE or Slot will be open. We know Rivers is good at reading the coverage and can do his check downs to find the best situation.

  10. myspaceyourface says: Dec 17, 2010 2:54 PM

    Who have the Chargers beat.

    Why is everyone jumping on their bandwagon.

    ESPN is losing their mind over Cry me a “RIvers”

    Who has he beat?

    What has he won?

    The 49ers are pathetic and that is your benchmark.

    What Norv Turner team has ever done anything in the playoffs?

    This is crazy.

  11. mrzen79 says: Dec 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    He is great player but I think he should follow the footsteps of Chad OchoClowno and change his name into Antonio Sidelines. The guy is always injured!!

  12. gambleonsports says: Dec 17, 2010 6:28 PM

    grpatriot says:
    Dec 17, 2010 12:11 PM
    Are you basing that on the 49er defense???
    This is a blow to their chances! Even if they get by the Chiefs, how far can they go without Gates?
    He’s half their offense. I guess this just isn’t Rivers year?
    Optimism based on how the Niners defense play is well, unrealistic. I mean did the Niners even roll a safety to help with Jackson?
    Try to doubleteam him? No…Do you honestly believe that the Ravens, Steelers and Patriots will let one player beat them? They’ll take away Jackson and make someone else catch the passes.

    Did you even read the heading???

    It says regular season.

    I don’t think the Ravens, Steelers or Patriots are on ttheir schedule for the rest of the regular season. Pretty sure the Chargers will be able to take care of the Bengals and Broncos without Gates…

  13. dasmol says: Dec 18, 2010 1:18 AM

    Randy McMichael has filled in nicely at TE.

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