Originally posted on The Jets Blog  |  Last updated 10/21/11
One of the biggest reasons for Philip Rivers slow start has to be the fact that Antonio Gates has been limited through much of the season.  With his absence, Rivers has thrown just six touchdowns to seven interceptions … quite the abberation for a player normally as efficient as Rivers.  So with Gates returning to the field earlier this week … what’s his status for this weekend?  Sounds like he’ll play, but it’s going to be in a limited capacity. Via NBC San Diego: The plan all along has been to build Gates, day by day, toward playing Sunday. He returned to the field for the first time in a nearly a month Monday and practiced again Wednesday. “Going three days in a row might have been more than we needed right now,” Turner said. Gates should practice Friday and play Sunday against the New York Jets after missing the past three games. However, he won’t see a full snap load. “I think it would be hard to ask him to do that,” Turner said. “We did that in the first two games, and that p
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