Sunday, October 23, 2011
Antonio Gates plays vs. Jets
ESPN.com news services
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was active and caught a touchdown pass against the New York Jets on Sunday after missing three games with a flare-up of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Gates tore scar tissue near the injury Sept. 18 against New England, and was available for Philip Rivers to throw to for the first time in over a month. He had been listed as questionable. Gates has eight catches for 74 yards this season.
Jets center Nick Mangold (ankle) was active and starting, as expected, but defensive end Mike DeVito was out with a knee injury suffered in practice earlier in the week. Rookie Kenrick Ellis, who made his NFL debut Monday night, started in DeVito's place, but left the game with an ankle injury.
The Jets won 27-21.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.