Tight end Antonio Gates didn’t even test his ailing right foot before Sunday’s game. He was sure after he couldn’t practice Friday that he would sit Sunday.
“This week it didn’t feel right,” Gates said after not playing for the third time in the past five games but the first time in the past three. “I didn’t feel I would be able to contribute.”
Gates, still the Chargers’ leading receiver, acknowledged again he is uncertain he will finish the season due to the painful plantar fascia tear in his right foot.
“I’ve always been week to week, up and down,” Gates said. “Over time I’m going to have make a decision … Does it make it difficult for the coaches to put the proper gameplan together? I don’t know. I think that’s something we will definitely talk about this week.
“I’m going to take another look at it, see how I feel going into this Thursday night game. If not, I’m going to try to get an estimate how much time I need to get back healthy. If that’s two weeks, four weeks, that remains to be seen whether or not I should make some decision about finishing the season or continuing to try to fight through this injury.”