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Posted on: November 22, 2010 7:15 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Gates won't play tonight

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chargers TE Antonio Gates won’t play tonight’s game as he continues to deal with plantar fasciitis. Though it’s not a surprising deactivation, it’s still disappointing for San Diego that the team won’t have one of its star players as it participaints in an important AFC West showdown vs. the Broncos.

Although San Diego is coming off its bye week, Gates said the extra time off didn’t help the pain in his feet. He also called the pain “brutal.” And since Gates is known as a tough player, the pain must be extraordinary to keep him out for the second game in a row.

Randy McMichael will take his place in the San Diego lineup as the Chargers prepare to face the Broncos.

Also, RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is inactive for the Chargers.

For Denver, the Broncos have deactivated LB Robert Ayers, who’s dealing with a broken foot. Although he practiced this week for the first time since Oct. 10, he’s not healthy enough to be active tonight.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Week 11 injury report analysis Part V

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts @ Patriots

The Colts listed basically their entire roster as questionable this week, so who knows what the starting lineup will look like come kickoff. Generally, Indy’s rule is players who don’t practice don’t play. If that’s the case, then don’t expect to see running backs Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (ankle) or linebackers Gary Brackett (toe) and Clint Session (elbow). It looks like WR Austin Collie will return after his frightening concussion two weeks ago.

Patriots return star Brandon Tate missed the week with a sickness and is questionable. Guard Steve Neal was limited in practice with a shoulder. S Jarrad Page and RB Fred Taylor are both ostensibly closer to returning, though both remain questionable.

Giants @ Eagles

The Giants are without two of their three best offensive linemen: LT David Diehl (hip) and C Shaun O’Hara (foot). Diehl’s backup, Shawn Andrews, is once again battling back problems and is questionable. New York is also missing its steadiest offensive weapon, WR Steve Smith. This significantly alters Eli Manning’s approach to third down and the inside passing game.

Eagles DE Juqua Parker was limited in practice this week, but he’s the only player battling a significant injury. Sine there’s nothing left to talk about here, do we go ahead and take this opportunity to heap more praise on Michael Vick?

Broncos @ Chargers

The Chargers are getting starting receiver Malcom Floyd back from a hamstring injury, but No. 2 wideout Legedu Naanee will need at least another week. Antonio Gates is expected to miss another week with plantar fascia. Don’t count on RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) playing, either.

For the Broncos, WR Eddie Royal (hamstring) and CB Andre Goodman (hip) both missed practice. Royal is questionable; Goodman is out.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:58 pm
 

Not looking good for Gates to play Monday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though the Broncos-Chargers injury lists won’t be released until Saturday (like every Monday night game), the San Diego Union Tribune thinks TE Antonio Gates is doubtful to play.

Gates – who missed practice Friday – is still bothered by the plantar fasciitis that kept him out of the Week 9 game vs. the Texans.

Also, WR Malcom Floyd, who has a bad hamstring, was limited in practice Friday – and this was after he was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Coach Norv Turner said the Chargers still have a little bit of time to get him ready for Monday’s game.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Chargers getting scary again

Posted by Andy Benoit

For the first eight weeks of the season, everyone was trumpeting the Kansas City Chiefs as THE TEAM in the AFC West. The past two weeks, THE TEAM has become the Oakland Raiders. M. Floyd (US Presswire)

The optimistic chit-chat is nice. After all, it’s chic to say that the Chiefs are a young club with a few explosive playmakers. And it’s wise to say the Silver and Black are pounding the rock and finally turning things around.

Unfortunately, it’s all just verbal foreplay. We’ve reached that point in the season where the San Diego Chargers become dominant. This year, the Chargers used a creative mix of special teams gaffes to propel their annual slow start. Injuries in the passing game also put a pebble in the offense’s shoe, though Philip Rivers’ MVP-caliber performance has nullified most of the potential problems through the air.

And now those problems are about to vanish. Tight end Antonio Gates did not practice Wednesday (foot) and has a 50-50 chance to play against the Broncos Monday. But, for a change, Gates is Rivers’ only missing weapon. Vincent Jackson practiced this week and will return to game action in Week 12. Also practicing this week are Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee, both back from hamstring injuries.

The Chargers, at 4-5, are just a game back of the Chiefs (losers of two straight) and just two games behind the Raiders. And both teams must still travel to San Diego in December.

We see this every year from Norv Turner’s club. Never before has this club added a plethora of weapons right before its stretch run. And never before has this club had the league’s top-ranked offense and second-ranked defense (in terms of yardage) at this point.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:04 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 9

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The following are ACTIVE for today’s game: Ravens WR Donte Stallworth, Patriots G Logan Mankins

The following are INACTIVE:

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Opposing defenses can’t bring him down, but apparently a bad case of plantar fasciitis is enough to knock Gates out of the game. If Gates could have played today, he would have been Superman. As it is, he’s still a TE superhero.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: He continues to struggle with injuries this season. Daniels played last week, catching one pass for eight yard, but he’s having multiple leg problems. A bad hamstring will keep him out this week.

Ryan Wendell, G, Patriots: The big casualty of the Logan Mankins re-signing is Wendell. He had been starting in Mankins’ place, but now that Mankins is back, Wendell is back to the bench.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots:
Bothered by a hamstring, Branch - who's found new life in New England - won't play today. He hadn't practiced all week, so the news shouldn't be that surprising. Um, just kidding. He's active.

Jake Delhomme/Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns:
This means that, once again, Colt McCoy will start at QB for Cleveland.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills: Not a surprise, because of how late Merriman reported to his new team once he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. Expect him to be ready for next week's game.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
And somewhere, Philip Rivers is weeping. At least Antonio Gates is acti ... oh, never mind.

Patrick Chung, CB, Patriots:
He's been bothered by a knee injury, and he'll miss his second-straight game. It's unfortunate for New England, because Chung is a tackling machine.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:44 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part II

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers @ Texans

Pretty much every pass catcher with a hint of talent is on the mend for San Diego. Antonio Gates is going to test his foot shortly before kickoff. Don’t expect to see ILB BrandA. Gates (US Presswire)on Siler for the Chargers. He’s still battling a foot injury and did not practice all week. (Siler’s replacement, Kevin Burnett, who is more adept in the open field and comfortable in coverage, may actually be a better fit against this Texans offense anyway. Burnett, by the way, is listed as probable with a shoulder injury.)

For Houston, when Xavier Adibi (hamstring) gets healthy, he’ll likely assume a starting job now that SLB Brian Cushing is playing DeMeco Ryans’ MLB position. Don’t expect that to be Sunday, though – Adibi did not practice all week. Neither did DT Shaun Cody (knee).
Owen Daniels (questionable) continues to combat an ornery hamstring. Andre Johnson could be dealing with his sore ankle all season. He was limited in practice but is probable.

Bears @ Bills

Coming off the bye, guard Roberto Garza is back for the Bears after missing two games following arthroscopic knee surgery. Garza at least brings veteran experience to the interior of a Chicago front five that has struggled mightily in identifying assignments against the blitz this season.

Cornerback Zack Bowman is out with a foot injury, which means Tim Jennings and Corey Graham will play major roles in stopping a Bills passing attack that is suddenly and inexplicably potent.

With the exception of LB Andra Davis (out, shoulder), the Bills are relatively healthy across the board.

Cardinals @ Vikings

All reports said that Percy Harvin looked awful testing his bum ankle in practice late this week. The Vikings are listing the second-year receiver/kick returner as questionable. The only other questionable Viking is Frank Walker (hamstring). Then there are a slew of probable key contributors, including the quarterback (foot, chin, elbow, whatever), corners Chris Cook (quad), Asher Allen (back) and Lito Sheppard (hand), LB Ben Leber (knee), DT Pat Williams (elbow) and C John Sullivan (calf).

Max Hall is no longer starting for the Cardinals, but you figure he’ll still find a way to take a nasty shot and get knocked out of this game for at least a series or two. Maybe Hall can sit next to Clark Haggans; as the veteran OLB is doubtful (and likely out) with a groin injury. Chris Wells should be good to go on his sore knee.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:33 am
 

Who will Philip Rivers throw to?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Late Wednesday we shared the news that tight end Antonio Gates could miss San Diego’s Week 9 contest against Houston due to plantar fascia (foot). Because it’s still fun to dump on the Chargers (and because, knowing the Chargers, we probably won’t get a chance to dump on them for much longer), we feel it’s necessary to point out that starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are both still out with hamstring injuries.

Neither wideout practiced Wednesday, and neither is expected to play Sunday. Backup Craig Davis was also put on Injured Reserve this week, and recently-arrived star Vincent Jackson must sit out another two games.

Thus, Philip Rivers could take the field Sunday with his top three receiving targets (non running back receiving targets, that is) being Patrick Crayton, Seyi Ajirotutu and Randy McMichael. That’s a starting trio that would draw nervous looks of skepticism even if this were just a preseason game.

Fortunately for the Chargers, they’re facing a Texans pass defense that ranks dead last in the NFL.

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