"I do want to get healthy," Gates said Wednesday. "That's what's best for this team."
Gates missed the previous two games and four of the last six with a painful tear in his right plantar fascia. Gates said the team's other tight ends, Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson, are more than capable of doing the job.
"Based on the history of the injury, there's no speedy recovery," Gates said. "Time is key. Not only do I need time, but I need rest."
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