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NFL: Chargers Antonio Gates Out for Year?

Screwing fantasy football owners everywhere, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been hurt pretty badly lately. He’s got serious foot issues and even for a gamer like him, he just hasn’t been able to play.

Gates recently had to acknowledge that he just might have to get shut down for the year at some point.

This week it didn’t feel right,” said Gates, who didn’t even bother to test his foot this week. “I didn’t feel I would be able to contribute.”

Gates wants to play badly, but knows that there will be a decision to be made on his season soon.

“I’ve always been week to week, up and down,” Gates said. “Over time I’m going to have make a decision … Does it make it difficult for the coaches to put the proper gameplan together? I don’t know. I think that’s something we will definitely talk about this week.

“I’m going to take another look at it, see how I feel going into this Thursday night game. If not, I’m going to try to get an estimate how much time I need to get back healthy. If that’s two weeks, four weeks, that remains to be seen whether or not I should make some decision about finishing the season or continuing to try to fight through this injury.”

Head coach Norv Turner knows how important Gates is to the offense, but says that Randy McMichael is capable of contributing.

“That’s why we got Randy McMichael here; we just plug him into Gates’ role,” Turner said. “It’s not Gates, but it’s pretty good.”

If you are heading into your fantasy playoffs expecting anything out of Gates, you are probably going to be in bad shape.


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