Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 11. Green could potentially play heavy snaps if he can get healthy given all the issues the Chargers have in their receiving corps. The team plays late on Sunday.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Coming out of a bye, it’s not a good sign that Green isn’t yet ready to practice. He’s reportedly “getting closer,” but it’s not looking good for Sunday.
C Hroniss Grasu (neck)
T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (concussion), LB Shea McClellin (knee), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), TE Zach Miller (shoulder)
G Orlando Franklin (knee), TE Ladarius Green (ankle)
DT Corey Liuget (foot), CB Patrick Robinson (concussion), S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (groin), S Eric Weddle (groin)
CB Brandon Flowers (knee), TE Antonio Gates (knee)
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) missed practice again Friday. Green was spotted in a protective boot on Thursday and should be considered very iffy for Monday night, but we’re not going to rule him out yet.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
No word on the severity of the injury.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8, though the questionable tag means he has a chance to play. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 7. It was revealed today that Gates has a sprained MCL, which is something that he says he’s “not accustomed to dealing with.” He’s going to be a game-time decision for a late kickoff on Sunday. Ladarius Green is already a Sneaky Start given the matchup — Oakland is last in TE aFPA — but if Gates is out, Green will be a top 7 option. He was the #11 TE through the first four weeks and even missed Week 3.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Gates injured the knee late in the game against the Packers, so this may be an issue heading into Week 7. Ladarius Green is already a Sneaky Start given the matchup — Oakland is last in TE aFPA — but if Gates is out, Green will be a top 7 option. He was the #11 TE through the first four weeks and missed Week 3. The Chargers play late on Sunday. For what it’s worth, the Chargers don’t seem too concerned about Gates’s status.
Veteran tight end Antonio Gates returns to Chargers Park this week to begin preparation for his first regular-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Gates was suspended the first four weeks of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Ladarius Green filled in admirably with Gates gone. Green is fourth on the team in receptions with 14 for 174 yards and two scores. But Green missed a Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a concussion, and does not command the type of attention from an opposing defense that Gates demands.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers also gets his security blanket back in Gates. The two have combined for the most touchdowns by a quarterback and a tight end duo in NFL history with 72. His 99 touchdowns since joining the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kent State in 2003 are the most in the NFL by any player over the last 12 seasons.
And Gates' 36 touchdown catches on third-down plays rank fourth in league history among all players, and most among tight ends.
"We'll be excited to have him back in there," Rivers said. "He helps us on the field and in the locker room. We've certainly missed him. So it will be a plus. We're acquiring a Hall of Fame free agent here in about 24 hours."
It's great timing for the Chargers who have potentially lost WRs Malcom Floyd (concussion) and Stevie Johnson (hamstring) for Week 5. Gates should have a role right away upon his return as a result, but it remains to be seen how quickly he'll be back to game-form. With a lack for WRs, the Bolts may show more two, TE looks this week. It appears more and more Green's targets could take a hit, perhaps especially in the red zone where Gates is expected to be a big weapon.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4. The upgrade to “full” is encouraging. Hopefully we’ll have more clarity over the weekend.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Green doesn’t seem any closer to playing. He still needs to pass a few concussion tests before being cleared to play.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Green continues to be limited. The team waived Kyle Miller, which could indicate that Green will be available to play in Week 4. Remember, Antonio Gates is suspended for one more week, so if Green plays, he’ll be a fringe TE1 option.
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