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Report: Antonio Gates almost ready to work

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates is hoping to practice Thursday.

He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp with a plantar fascias injury that hampered him all of last season.

I know that Gates being out has caused a bit of an uproar, but he was just sitting as a precaution and it was not a big deal. The fact that he is expected to come back should restore calm in San Diego.

Now, if he suffers a setback, then hit the panic button again. But, for now, all appears good for Gates.

In other AFC West nuggets:

In an Inside piece,Insider Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks the Chargers have had the best free-agency period of the four AFC West teams so far.

  • ESPN’s John Clayton reports the Raiders guaranteed the first two years of safety Michael Huff’s contract. In all, Huff received $32 million over four years. The Raiders saw Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller go to Seattle for $34 million over five years. Miller is a much more valuable player than Huff.