San Diego Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates(notes) was in pain as he tried to practice in a limited role Thursday.
Gates has missed the last two games because of a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He said Wednesday that he wanted to practice in the days leading up to Sunday night’s game at Indianapolis to gauge his progress.
Thursday was his chance, as he participated in individual drills and a select number of team plays.
“I wanted to see how I would respond to defenders being in the way and making unexpected cuts in the flow of a route,” Gates said. “Everything has been controlled to this point. I didn’t finish, but I’m incredibly sore.”