Pro Bowl Gates to IR, Latsko in

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Tight end Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates was officially disabled for the rest of the season. He was placed on the Injured Reserve list and FB Billy Latsko was signed from the practice squad.

Gates was left on the active roster in preparation to use him in the playoffs. Since there is no more opportunity for the Chargers to make it into the playoffs, Gates no longer needs to be playing the waiting game from the sideline.

Gates was named the starting TE for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday for his accomplishments on his short season. He was on pace to have his best season in his awesome career. He only has played in 10 games this season, but he had 782 yards with 10 TDs in that time.He was slowed by his plantar fasciitis and a toe injury during some of those games as well.

He will rest his bad feet this off-season and prepare for the playoff push in 2011.

Year Age Tm No. G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2010 30 SDG 85 10 50 782 15.6 10 48 5.0 78.2
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FB Billy Latsko will take Antonio Gates spot on the roster and may be used as the starting fullback in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Both backs Mike Tolbert and Jacob Hester were injured last week and have not been able to practice this week. Latsko played his college ball as a Florida Gator and was signed as a undrafted free agent in 2007 by the Carolina Panthers.

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