After missing three games, Chargers' Gates set to play vs. Jets

The San Diego Chargers have played it safe with the return of Antonio Gates, but the All-Pro tight end is a go this Sunday against the New York Jets.

After battling the lingering effects of the plantar fascia injury he suffered last season, Gates practiced for the first time in almost a month on Monday. He missed Thursday's practice after participating Wednesday, and took part in full practice on Friday. Officially, the Chargers listed Gates as questionable. 

Chargers coach Norv Turnertold KNSD-TV on Thursday it was all part of the plan.

"Going three days in a row might have been more than we needed right now," Turner said.

According to the station, Gates is unlikely to play the entire game Sunday.

"I think it would be hard to ask him to do that," Turner said. "We did that in the first two games, and that probably got us where we're at, so we just have to be smarter. See how he handles it. Play him a couple of series and then give him a series out. Obviously, we've been playing without him. I'm sure we can manage that."

The nine-year veteran played through the nagging injury during the Chargers' first two games this season, hauling in eight catches for 74 yards.

The Chargers listed wide receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and running back Mike Tolbert (concussion) as probable after both practiced Friday.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to NFL.com's injury page.

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