San Diego Union Tribune
Air Marty takes off – but needs healthy GatesThe validity of those aspirations might hinge largely on news today regarding tight end Antonio Gates.
Gates leaving the stadium on crutches with a foot injury that could sideline him at least a week put a cloud over yesterday's conquest.
The Chargers will know more today after Gates has an MRI. Until then, they have hope for the health of their big playmaker and they have the knowledge they can play a complete game.
Injuries:The Gates thing could be far more serious. The All-Pro tight end left the field with 9:01 to play in the third quarter after catching a 21-yard pass from Brees. It appeared as if Buffalo linebacker Angelo Crowell's helmet landed on Gates' lower right leg.
Gates, who left the field under his own power with five catches for 77 yards and a score, was carted to the locker room for X-rays. He left the stadium with his foot in a boot and using crutches.
Asked about Gates' condition, Schottenheimer said: "I really don't know at this point. I know it's his foot. At this point I'm not exactly sure. They will have to do some diagnostic testing (an MRI exam today) and all that."
Just a gut feeling from a guy with no knowledge: It isn't good.
If Gates' injury is severe – it would be surprising if Gates were to play at Washington on Sunday, but Schottenheimer no doubt will list him as "questionable" – then the Chargers' chances of playing in January are going to diminish. If you don't replace an All-Pro with another All-Pro, you're not as good at that position. Period.
Notebook: Gates' injury concerningInjuries:
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suffered a sprained right foot against the Bills. The former Kent State basketball star was hurt when he was tackled after catching a 21-yard pass from Drew Brees midway through the third quarter.
Notebook: Gates' injury concerning
12:25 AM PST on Monday, November 21, 2005
SAN DIEGO - There was one downside to the Chargers' rousing victory over Buffalo on Sunday, and it could be a significant one.
Tight end Antonio Gates suffered an injured right foot in the third quarter, left the game for treatment and did not return.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Gates' injury was diagnosed as a sprain, but his availability for next week's game in Washington will be a source of concern all week.
"He was struggling a little bit to get up and he was in some pain," LaDainian Tomlinson said.
"But I'll say Antonio (a former college basketball player at Kent State) has become a football player. We used to tease him when he first came in about how basketball players would get a tweaked ankle and be out for a week or two. 'Hey, this is football. You've got to play with it.'
"He's a tough guy. I expect him to be OK."
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