One of the biggest questions marks for Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs is the status of TE Antonio Gates. He's suffering from a foot injury and didn't practice at all this week.
In a Todd Haley-coached team, you generally have to practice to play but Gates has gone a week without practicing and played before so you can't rule him out.
He's listed as questionable for this Week 3 game and it really is up in the air whether he plays. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune predicted on XX 1090 in San Diego that Gates will play but he admits that's a guess at this point.
The importance of Gates in this game? Pretty big, if you ask me. It seems like Gates always kills the Chiefs. You'd have to go back to 2007 to find a Chiefs-Chargers game in which Gates didn't make an impact. His worst game in that time span is five catches and 55 yards, while his best game is seven catches ,118 yards and two touchdowns. With the injury to S Eric Berry, this is going to be an area of focus for the Chiefs defense.
Acee also says that the Chargers as a team, realize they really need to win this game so they likely won't be inclined to rest any of these injured guys simply because they're huge favorites over the Chiefs.