Friday, October 21, 2011
Antonio Gates expected to play Sunday
By Bill Williamson
It appears San Diego Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates will play for the first time since Week 2.
But the question is how much he will be able to play Sunday at the New York Jets. San Diego coach Norv Turner said Friday that Gates will likely be limited Sunday. He practiced Friday and the team is hopeful he can play. He has been dealing with a nagging foot injury for more than a year, so the Chargers will likely ease him back into playing time.
Meanwhile, in Oakland, linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring), receiver Chaz Schilens (groin), defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and safety Michael Huff (ankle) are among the Oakland players who are questionable to play against Kansas City on Sunday. McClain, Seymour, Janikowski and Reece did not practice Friday.
I’d be surprised if McClain and Reece play. They missed the entire practice week. Seymour wasn’t on the injury list until Friday. The Janikowski decision may be made Saturday. Oakland is looking at kickers Friday. Veteran Dave Rayner is reportedly one of the kickers Oakland is investigating.
Sunday’s game is sold out. The Raiders sold enough tickets by Friday’s extension to show the game on local television. All four of the Raiders’ home games this season have been sell outs.