Antonio Gates might not play even if Chargers make playoffs

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates says that not only is he done for the rest of the regular season, but even if the Chargers make the playoffs, he’s no lock to play.

“Time is the key. There’s not magical treatment for an injury like this,” Gates said. “Just because I hope to come back if we end up making the postseason, there’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to go. It gives me a chance.”

Not having Gates would be a major blow to the Chargers in the playoffs. Before he got hurt, Gates was on his way to having one of the best seasons of any tight end in NFL history, with 40 catches for 663 yards and nine touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.

Then again, the only reason the Chargers actually have a chance of getting to the playoffs is that they’ve played so well without Gates: In the four games he’s missed, the Chargers are 4-0 and have won by a combined score of 132-44.

8 responses to “Antonio Gates might not play even if Chargers make playoffs

  1. “Then again, the only reason the Chargers actually have a chance of getting to the playoffs is that they’ve played so well without Gates.”
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    Then again, if the Chargers continue to play well without him, dominate and shut-out every single opponent in their way, it won’t make a lick of difference unless the Chiefs drop a home game which is about as likely as the Chargers getting in on a Wild Card.

    It’s possible, but the odds are not in their favor. My guess is their done for the year. But hey…that’s why you play; Maybe KC will prove me wrong.

  2. All those that praise the Charger God and believe Prince Gates will climb to the tight end Pinnacle of football heaven forget it that lofty perch has Tony Gonzalez name on it.

  3. tantrim says:Dec 23, 2010 1:09 PM All those that praise the Charger God and believe Prince Gates will climb to the tight end Pinnacle of football heaven forget it that lofty perch has Tony Gonzalez name on it.
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    Gonzalez is a phenomenal player with hall of fame statistics, but if you ask players, coaches and critics who will have the better numbers at the end of their respective careers, they will uniformly agree that Gates is going to surpass Gonzalez’ numbers.

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