Antonio Gates has revealed that he has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He has been rolling around in a scooter in order to keep weight off of his foot in hopes to play this week against Houston.
I was in so much pain… But you take steps, you prepare the right way. I hope I can go. That’s how important this game is. I know I said last week’s game was important. But the fact we won makes this game even more important. – Antonio Gates (sdut)
Antonio Gates is a warrior and might just tough it out again this week against Houston. It would not surprise me to see him on the field, BUT this is a tough injury to work through. It is a big game for the Chargers, who are looking for their first road victory of the season. They will also have a BYE the following week to provide much needed rest for Gates and the rest of the injured team.
The injury report is turning into a short novel with all the names that are on it. Just the receiving unit has Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis and Antonio Gates. If Gates is unable to participate this Sunday, Philip Rivers will have to find a new favorite target in possibly Patrick Crayton or Seyi Ajirotutu. Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert, and Darren Sproles will have to do well in the running attack in order to balance out for the missing players.
The Chargers really need to find some of that late season magic again in order to salvage this season and the test is becoming tougher with all the injuries mounting up. Norv Turner will have to devise a scheme to take advantage of all the talent that he has on offense and Ron Rivera will have to just beat Matt Schaub and company into submission with a suffocating defense. If Philip Rivers finds a way to throw for 300 yards with this receiving unit, then AJ was right, Rivers make receivers and its not the other way around.