Gates (foot) a game-time decision vs. Redskins

SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers probably won't know until just
before kickoff Sunday whether record-setting tight end
Antonio Gates will be able to play against the Washington Redskins.

Gates wasn't able to test his sprained right foot when the
Chargers (6-4) returned to practice on Wednesday, but remained
hopeful he'll be able to play in the road game.
"Oh definitely," said Gates, who was hurt after making a catch
in the third quarter of last Sunday's 48-10 win over Buffalo.
"It feels good, man. It feels better than it felt yesterday.
That's always a good sign. I really didn't try to do much with it.
I think the key for me is not to try to do anything, put no
pressure on it, stay off it and let it rest, let it heal."
Gates was still limping Wednesday and wearing a protective boot.
He said he'll definitely test the foot either Thursday or Friday.
Gates leads the Chargers and is ninth in the NFL with 56 catches
for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. Gates was an All-Pro last year and
also played in the Pro Bowl after setting an NFL record for tight
ends with 13 touchdown catches. He led the Chargers last year with
81 catches for 964 yards.
Even if Gates doesn't practice this week, there's still a chance
he could play, coach Marty Schottenheimer said. Schottenheimer used
to have a rule that if a player didn't practice during the week, he
didn't play.
"That old rule, that's part of the things that I've changed as
I've grown older and, in the minds of some, soft," Schottenheimer
As a precaution, the Chargers signed tight end Landon Trusty
from the practice squad to the active roster, taking the spot of
tight end Ryan Krause, who went on injured reserve with a foot
injury. The Chargers also have veteran Justin Peelle at tight end.
Gates said he'd continue to prepare as if he'll play.
"I don't want to put any limitations on anything. Not at this
point," he said. "It's too early. Right now I'm focusing mentally
on the game plan, and I'm just not taking the physical reps.
Fortunately, I'll get to test it out sometime this week to see how
I feels.
"For me, it's just getting rest. It's probably going to be mind
over matter."
Gates missed the season-opening loss to Dallas as he finished
serving a three-game suspension for missing a team-imposed deadline
for ending his training camp holdout.