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Chargers take on Titans without Mathews or Gates

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The Chargers are going to be without their offensive playmakers, as both running back Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates are inactive.

Both were listed as questionable Friday, but Mathews’ broken clavicle and Gates’ rib injury (suffered last week against the Raiders) wouldn’t allow them to play.

The Chargers will start Curtis Brinkley and Randy McMichael, respectively, in their places.

Also inactive for the Chargers are safety Brandon Taylor, cornerback Shareece Wright, linebacker Jonas Mouton, defensive tackle Antonio Garay and left tackle Jared Gaither.

For the Titans, middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is inactive, and will be replaced by weakside linebacker Will Witherspoon, with Zach Brown filling in for Witherspoon outside. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks is also down, and will be replaced by Mike Martin.

The Titans other inactives are quarterback Rusty Smith, running back Javon Ringer, safety Al Afalava and offensive linemen Mike Otto and Deuce Lutui.

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5 Responses to “Chargers take on Titans without Mathews or Gates”
  1. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 16, 2012 3:36 PM

    Stick a fork in Gates, because he’s done. Sad, because he was one of the best. But he can’t stay healthy anymore. He started this season saying it was the best he’s felt in years. That didn’t last long! Maybe the Chargers should start looking for a new tight end to draft in 2013.

  2. panamon says: Sep 16, 2012 3:40 PM

    Better get things going with Royal and Meachem early, Floyd should draw double coverage but it might be hard to run. Glad it’s the Titans, and the Raiders/Chiefs are losing. Not anytime recently have we been without both Gates and Mathews though.

  3. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Sep 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    why can’t you put all of the 4:00 game inactives in the same post like the early games?

  4. sdsockers says: Sep 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    @2ndaryinsanity…They did already draft Gates’ replacement. Ladarius Green has gotten rave reviews, all through traning camp, and made the 53-man roster, so he obviously doesn’t suck.
    Personally, I love what I see from Dante Rosario, so that’s two young studs at the position.

  5. raiderapologist says: Sep 16, 2012 10:39 PM

    sdsockers says: Sep 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    Personally, I love what I see from Dante Rosario, so that’s two young studs at the position.
    Rosario is a journeyman. That was his career game.

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