Antonio Gates is questionable to play

As expected, the San Diego Chargers will be strapped in the passing game because of injuries in a big game against visiting New England on Sunday.

But the big question remains: Will star tight end Antonio Gates play? Gates missed all week of practice after suffering a toe injury in a loss at St. Louis on Sunday. He is listed as questionable. It’s believed that he will try to play, but he will likely be a game-time decision.

Gates is the favorite target of quarterback Philip Rivers. San Diego will need him, especially considering starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are doubtful to play. Neither player practiced all week, and Naanee missed last week’s game. Buster Davis and Patrick Crayton are expected to start for the 2-4 Chargers.