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Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:35 pm
GatesPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In the first game of the 2011 season, Antonio Gates put up the kind of stat line we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him throughout his career: eight catches and 74 yards in a San Diego victory. But even though he played in Week 2, it was clear something wasn’t right with his foot, and for now, he’s out of the Chargers equation.

On Tuesday, Kevin Acee from the San Diego Union Tribune asks a pertinent question about the state of Gates’ career. Writes Acee: “But now, as the man who has proven his toughness again and again is again out for an indefinite period, we must consider the highly uncomfortable, almost unthinkable possibility: Is this the beginning of the end?”

Gates obviously doesn’t think so.

“No,” he said. “I think physically you get an idea about where you’re at by going out and playing and running around. Prior to the Patriots game, I felt like I could still be who I am. … Practice wise, I’m running around, I feel fast. So, to me, I just always, you know, I’ve always been optimistic on everything.”

Gates proved his toughness last year when playing much of the season with the painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. Gates said his foot isn’t feeling quite that bad this season. But he also planned to see a foot specialist today to determine where he can go from here.

“It gets frustrating,” Gates said. “… (Seeing more specialists) I think I get the satisfaction of knowing that it’s not anything that would hinder me from my career. … Rest can definitely help, but it’s a combination of, at what point is the worst-case scenario for me? Is it going to be a situation where if I rest it ain’t going to make a difference if I come back and run, because you have to get through the scar tissue?

“It’s always up to me and how much pain I can tolerate. And I think to me, that’s the most deceiving thing about MRI, because they tell you how you (are) structurally. But they can’t, no one can just tell you how you feel.”

For now, it looks like Gates could rest his foot for another three to five weeks and then try to return, although a doctor interviewed by Acee for his story isn’t sure rest is going to help much. He’s not quite there yet, but at some point soon, Gates might face a crossroads between playing in pain, resting his foot for a longer period of time or just flat-out retiring.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:15 am

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

Since: Nov 19, 2011
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Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:24 pm

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:10 pm

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

Kinda like Schembechler?

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:16 pm

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

In response to a couple posts on here. Gates did not revolutionalize the TE position. Learn your history. Hell, you don't even have to go back that far. Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe to name a few recent TE's that played the game like Gates, that being VERY VERY well. I had the displeasure of watching Mark Bavaro completely destroy my Vikings back in the day, too.....still hate that guy.

Also, please stop with the ridiculous notion that it's a shame that every great player doesn't win a championship. It just happens to be a team sport. Archie Manning, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, I could literally go on an on and on. I think it's worse to see a great player on his decline go to a team as a back-up and win a championship.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:17 pm

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

Detroit genes....Jess Sayin'

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:12 am

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

Get better Antonio Gates.  The Chargers need you.  If not I wish you a very happy retirement.

Thanks for all the memories.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:54 pm

Would Gates consider retiring with bad foot?

If your comment is directed at me I'm saying if he can't play he should retire.  My comment regarding these statements from guys who write "tape it up pussy and play" irritate me to no end because they don't know what they are talking about and shouldn't be on the website. It's the same story over and over with Gates and Steven Jackson.  Paid to sit with the same injury. If they are unable to play anymore due to injuries that won't heal, stop disgracing the game and taking the owners money.  Retire with some dignity.

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