Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Antonio Gates sprained his knee 30 days ago. A month later, he's still not up to full speed.
"Everybody can see it," Gates said Monday after the Chargers returned from six days off.
Gates has played in two of three games since he wrenched the knee Oct. 18 at Green Bay. The tight end made 10 catches over the two games, but looked less mobile than before the injury. Defenders banged him near the line of scrimmage because they didn't think he could run away. More able to tee him up, they dealt him hard hits after catches.
Gates said it's all about doing what he can to help, even if he feels like he's running in mud.
The 10 catches came in 16 targets and totaled 125 yards. In his two games before the injury, he had 18 catches in 27 targets for 187 yards with two touchdowns. Gates has still been pretty productive and will likely remain a TE1 option in our rankings, but owners may think about a replacement as long as they have a better, higher-rated option.
Monday, November 16, 2015, 8:19pm
Malcom Floyd continues to rehab from a shoulder injury that threatens to end the 34-year-old's career.
However, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team holds out hope that Floyd can somehow work is way onto the field before the conclusion of this season. Floyd said before the season started that 2015 will be his last in a 12-year career with the Chargers.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Floyd suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Others reports have said teammate Antonio Gates is trying to talk Floyd into coming back in 2016, but that remains to be seen. The Bolts are just 2-7 at this point in the season.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:53pm
Receiver Ty Montgomery did not sound too optimistic on Friday about his chances of playing Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Sure enough, the Green Bay Packers rookie was downgraded to doubtful after Saturday’s practice.
It means Montgomery likely will miss his third straight game because of the sprained left ankle he sustained on Oct. 18 against the San Diego Chargers.
On Friday, Montgomery revealed that his injury was so painful initially that he thought he broke his leg and said he still was not 100 percent.
While the depth chart in the team's weekly release is considered unofficial, this is an indication that Givens should be considered the frontrunner over Marlon Brown and Jeremy Ross in taking over Steve Smith's starting spot.
"Every time he has gotten in the game, he has made plays," Flacco said. "I think guys see that, guys react well to that. I think he’s becoming one of us."
It's evident Flacco already has more chemistry with Givens. In the last game, Flacco's 18-yard pass to Givens on a back-shoulder throw jumpstarted the winning drive.
“He’s starting to feel it a little bit,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He and Joe [Flacco] are starting to develop something, an understanding for one another.”
Givens showed a lot of promise as a rookie for the Rams in 2012, gaining at least 50 yards in seven of eight games during a midseason stretch. St. Louis had major issues at quarterback in 2013 and 2014, and Givens fell behind Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin on the team's depth chart over the past two seasons. Now the 4.41 speedster is going to see major snaps for Ravens with a quarterback who throws a nice deep ball. In his career, Givens has seen five-plus targets in 16 games and has averaged 3.5 catches for 54 yards and 0.12 TD in those games. He's not likely to set the world on fire, but it's feasible that he posts WR4 numbers the rest of the way.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 2:00pm
"I can feel it. I feel the sharp pains in cuts. I can’t explode. The fatigue in certain parts of my leg. I know it’s all from compensating from the knee.
“I’m just trying to fight through it and lead by example to show these guys what it’s like to be a pro in this league. This is what it takes to be successful. Sometimes, you have to fight through these situations when it’s not as comfortable as you’d like.”
The Chargers have a Week 10 bye, so we're expecting Gates to be close to full health with two weeks to heal. Gates hasn't been "explosive" for a couple of years now, but he looked slower than usual against Chicago.
Malcom Floyd has sacrificed his body for deep passes since 2004. There is a chance the one Monday was his last.
The Chargers wide receiver suffered a torn left labrum, a source said following an MRI on Tuesday, when he dove for a second-quarter pass against the Bears. It remains to be seen if that play will be the final one of his NFL career. Floyd, 34, long has planned to retire after the 2015 season.
The team is not rushing how it proceeds with Floyd.
Coach Mike McCoy called Floyd's status "day-to-day" on Tuesday, as the team gathers information and works with Floyd to make the best choice on where the situation evolves from here.
Certainly, if he can continue playing, even with a smaller catch radius and while not finishing out the year, it'd be a positive for one of most widely-liked and respected Chargers among teammates and organizational members over the years, the story said.
Jeremy Langford had been waiting for this moment.
The team is clearly confident in Langford. He is the heir apparent to Forte, who may not return for several weeks and becomes a free agent after the season. Even when Forte does come back, the expectation is for Langford to enjoy an increased role.
Matt Forte's knee injury opened the door for the Bears to feature Langford -- the club’s 2015 fourth-round draft choice -- in the backfield. Even though Ka’Deem Carey technically started the game, Langford played the majority of the snaps, finishing with 142 all-purpose yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion. Even when Forte returns, it only makes sense the Bears continue to see what they have in Langford, which doesn't appear to be good news for Forte owners.
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:14pm
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte on Saturday was ruled out of Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. And his availability for the Week 10 road game against the St. Louis Rams is in great doubt, as well.
Forte's streak of 52 consecutive starts will end Monday because of the sprained medial collateral ligament he suffered in his right knee against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 1.
Forte had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right knee during the week in order to facilitate healing. He is not traveling with the Bears to San Diego in order to avoid swelling that can occur due to air travel.
"It takes time more than anything," Forte said Saturday. "Some people heal faster than others. But more than it being an mental thing, like, 'I'm injured,' it just takes a little time for it to heal before you can really do what you want to do."
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
Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Friday. Forte is expected to miss at least this week, probably two. Jeremy Langford will be the feature back in a great matchup against the Chargers. One beat writer said he’d be surprised if Langford doesn’t see 20 carries this week.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. After playing through the injury last week, and practicing all week, we’re expecting him to play on Monday night, barring a setback.