Chargers TE Dante Rosario fills in ably

September, 16, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- No Antonio Gates? No problem.

San Diego backup tight end Dante Rosario is having a big day with Gates out with a rib injury. Rosario has caught all three of Philip Rivers' touchdown passes Sunday against Tennessee.

Prior to Sunday, Rosario never had a two-touchdown catch day and hadn’t caught an NFL touchdown since 2009.

It is also the first time a Chargers tight end has had a three-touchdown day since Gates did it in 2005.

There's little chance Rosario unseats Gates as the Chargers’ starter, but he sure is doing the Chargers’ starter proud.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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