SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 and tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers walk up the sideline together against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Antonio Gates Injury May Keep Him Out Week 9 Vs. Texans

Chargers TE Antonio Gates may miss Sunday's game against the Texans.

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Antonio Gates Injury Has Him Doubtful Week 9 Vs. Texans

Chargers TE Antonio Gates should be taken out of your fantasy football starting lineup. He's listed as doubtful because of toe and foot injuries against the Texans in Week 9. Gates had trouble walking earlier this week and hasn't practiced so it's no surprise he's unlikely to go.

So how do you replace Gates?

His backup, TE Randy McMichael, may actually be a decent option. Philip Rivers is running out of targets with a pair of receivers out on Sunday due to injury and the Texans are prone to big games against tight ends.

Anyone catching the ball in San Diego is a decent candidate for your fantasy football lineup. Philip Rivers is on pace for record passing yards and leads one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL.

All is not lost for Antonio Gates this year. The Chargers have a Week 10 bye so there's some hope, assuming he's out Week 9, he'll be able to go after a couple weeks off.

Check out Bolts from the Blue for more Antonio Gates injury updates.

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Antonio Gates Injury May Keep Him Out Week 9 Vs. Texans

Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been a great fantasy football player this year playing with injuries all season but it appears it may finally be catching up to him. The San Diego Union Tribune reports Gates tore his plantar fascia last week meaning he could be sitting on the sidelines Sunday when the Chargers meet the Texans in Week 9.

Dr. Phillip Kwong, a foot specialist with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, said people find it difficult to walk for two weeks or more after tearing a plantar fascia.

"I think it’s going to be really tough to play with any proficiency this Sunday, unless they do a remarkable job anesthetizing him," Kwong said. "… He has a lot of demands on him at his position. This injury will make it difficult for him to push off and be explosive."

The report states that Gates "declared privately" that he would be out on Sunday against the Texans so you shouldn't count on him. He had to be driven to his car this week in a cart because he couldn't walk. This is troubling for fantasy football owners because Gates has had an incredible year with 663 yards receiving and a whopping nine touchdowns at the halfway point. He's actually on pace to set TE records in both those categories.

The good news is that the Chargers have a bye in Week 10 so he may have enough time to heal if he does indeed miss Sunday's game. Behind Gates at tight end is Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson. One of those guys could be worthy of a play considering Chargers QB Philip Rivers passes so much he's on pace to set an NFL record for passing yards.

Check out Bolts from the Blue for more Antonio Gates injury updates.

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