NFL Rumors: Is Antonio Gates close to being 100 percent?

Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers

Christopher Hanewinckel-US Presswire

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates tore cartilage in his ribs during the regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders on September 10th, 2012.

Gates missed San Diego’s week two game against the Tennessee Titans as a result of his injury.  Gates suffered with injuries during the 2010 and 2011 NFL seasons which caused him to miss nine games.

In his career, Gates averages 58 receiving yards per game, but he is down to about 45 yards per game this season which is his lowest total since 2008 and the third lowest total in a season for him.

According to Tom Krasovic of, Gates said “When you’ve got 10 years in it’s different – you feel the injuries more.  When I was a rookie, I was playing with all kinds of stuff.”

Gates went on to say “I’m still bothered from time to time by the injury.  The key to playing through an injury is knowing your limitations.  You have to know what you can do without hurting the team.”

Gates has two touchdown receptions this season and is on pace for six TD receptions which would be his lowest total since 2003 when Gates was a rookie.

Gates is also averaging 3.8 receptions per game which is his lowest total since 2008 and is tied for the second lowest total for a season in his career.

Gates has been rock solid for San Diego because he led the team in receptions, receiving yards and TD receptions from 2004-2007, led San Diego in receptions and TD receptions from 2004-2008 and led San Diego in receptions from 2004-2009 and in 2011.

San Diego’s next game is on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.  The Chargers need Gates to have more production which could come with improved health.







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