| Gates listed as probable for Sunday -- Fri Nov 20 3:30 pm --|
With nagging knee injury
|It looks like the San Diego Chargers will have tight end Antonio Gates and guard Orlando Franklin in the lineup when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Both are listed as probable to play this week with knee injuries. (The Score)|
FF Today's Take: Gates has been known to play through injuries, so don't expect a sore knee to hinder his performance this week. The aging veteran is still putting up respectable numbers, and is a mid to high TE1 this week against the Chiefs.
| Antonio Gates active, expected to play -- Sun Nov 1 9:13 am --|
May be limited with knee injury
|Change that: Antonio Gates is expected to play today. It'll be vs Ravens, not Browns. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gates' availability takes the shine off Ladarius Green's upside in a plus matchup against Baltimore. Gates is solid start even if he only plays on third downs and in the redzone.
| Antonio Gates listed as questionable -- Fri Oct 30 5:25 pm --|
Chargers TE could miss second straight week
|For a second straight week, tight end Antonio Gates did not practice. However, Gates has been listed as questionable for Sunday. Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that even though Gates did not practice, he knows the offense well enough and could play if trainers give the veteran tight end the green light on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Two straight weeks without practicing suggests Gates won't be in the lineup this week. Ladarius Green has proven to be a reliable starter in Gates' absence, and is worth a start this week. He has touchdowns in each of his past two games, and a total of four on the season.
| Antonio Gates (MCL) could miss multiple weeks -- Tue Oct 27 9:30 am --|
TE injury vaults Ladarius Green back into waiver wire consideration
|Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) on Twitter:
"It wouldn't surprise if Antonio Gates' MCL proves to be multiple-week injury. Wasn't close to playing Sunday vs. Raiders." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Gates injury means Ladarius Green is still very much fantasy relevant, as we saw when he hauled in 4-of-9 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 7 loss to the Raiders, adding a pair of two-point conversions. Green dropped another possible TD on what appeared to be a clear path toward the end zone. Green has earned an every-week role in San Diego's passing offense, even when Gates returns, but he's a mid-to-high range TE1 with Gates absent.
| Antonio Gates misses third straight practice -- Fri Oct 23 12:44 pm --|
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates not practicing today for 3rd straight day. If anyone can play without practice, it's him. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gates suffered a knee injury in last week's game and the coaching staff is comfortable letting Gates play on Sunday without practice during the week. The issue for fantasy owners is the Chargers don't play until 4 pm ET on Sunday. A late-swap with Ladarius Green is a fine plan if that option is available in your league.
| Gates, Allen miss practice again on Thursday -- Thu Oct 22 4:50 pm --|
Knee and hip injuries, respectively
|Like Antonio Gates (knee), WR Keenan Allen (hip) missing second straight practice. Philip Rivers working without a couple favorite targets. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gates played 69 of 92 snaps last week and was in the Week 6 loss to the Packers until the end, so the Chargers are more than likely just playing it safe and giving him some rest. Allen is a bit more of a concern because he sat out the fourth quarter and overtime. Friday will be key for both players, but Allen's owners have more to worry about here than Gates'. Steve Johnson might return from a two-week absence, although it is possibly Rivers' top receivers versus Oakland could be Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman.
| Allen's hip injury not believed to be serious -- Mon Oct 19 5:00 pm --|
Posted 14 catches through the first two-plus quarters of Week 6
|Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered hip flexor injury Sunday that'll be tested today, per source. Allen does not believe injury to be serious.
(Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Allen leads the NFL with 53 catches on the season and has been an incredible value for his owners thus far. If he is able to make it back in time for next week's game, he and Antonio Gates could have another field day at home against Oakland.
| Stevie Johnson out for Monday night -- Sat Oct 10 8:00 pm --|
|The Chargers will be without Stevie Johnson on Monday night. The slot receiver was one of four players the team listed Saturday as out against the Steelers. Johnson injured his hamstring last Sunday against the Browns.
(Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson will be out, but TE Antonio Gates returns. WR Malcom Floyd (concussion) is questionable but expected to play. Keenan Allen remains a top WR play in Week 5. The Steelers have given up 100-yd games to Torrey Smith and Kenny Britt.
| Ladarius Green takes part in limited practice -- Thu Sep 24 5:55 pm --|
Chargers added TE Kyle Miller for Week 3 insurance
|Ladarius Green (concussion) was among the notable (injured) Chargers to practice Thursday.
Green was a limited participant Wednesday due to a concussion, which he suffered Sunday versus the Bengals and was diagnosed with on Tuesday after he reported symptoms, the team said. It's his second such diagnosis this month. He was determined to have a concussion Sept. 9 following a practice. The Chargers signed tight end Kyle Miller on Thursday for some insurance at the position. Green notably was concussed last December, losing consciousness on a hit by a Patriots cornerback. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: It's more than a bit surprising Green is even allowed to run at this point, much less practice in a limited fashion, and may even be irresponsible on the Chargers' part. Given how little time has passed in between Green's last two concussions, it seems highly unlikely he will be allowed to play at Minnesota this weekend. With Antonio Gates still serving the final two games of his suspension, John Phillips will almost certainly the start but is well off the fantasy map.
| Ladarius Green in concussion protocol again -- Wed Sep 23 6:51 pm --|
Status is uncertain for Week 3
|The Chargers tight end was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, one day after arriving at the team facility with "concussion-like symptoms," coach Mike McCoy said. His status for Sunday's game against the Vikings is uncertain, as the team navigates through a delicate situation.
The concussion came Sunday against the Bengals, a team spokesman said.
FF Today's Take: The article notes Sunday's concussion makes it two in eleven days and three in nine months for TE Ladarius Green. It will be tough for Green to obtain clearance for this weekend and Antonio Gates is slated to return after Week 4. In other words, Green's fantasy stock is shrinking fast.
| TE Ladarius Green may have concussion -- Wed Sep 9 6:00 pm --|
SD already thin at TE
|Ladarius Green is being evaluated for a possible concussion. (Ricky Henne via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Antonio Gates (suspension) already ruled out, Ladarius Green was expected to start the season as the starter. With Green entering concussion protocol, his status for Week 1 and beyond is now in serious doubt. David Johnson would presumably step into a larger role this weekend. Johnson, a seventh round draft pick in 2009, has been used sparingly over the past five seasons but did manage to snare a touchdown reception back in 2011. The team could also look to add another player via free agency or trade over the next few days.