Gates, Merriman not playing

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Antonio Gates' surgically repaired left big toe looks to be holding up in the Pro Bowl tight end's first game after surgery. However, he is now dealing with a hip contusion.

It was announced in the press box that Gates will return.

This is just developing now. The Chargers are on defense and linebacker Shawne Merriman headed to the locker room with 2 minutes to play in the second quarter. There is no word whether it is related to his injured left knee.