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. He just missed a series.

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.