Chargers' Gates on torn plantar fascia: 'I can't keep doing this'

San Diego ChargersPro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates continues to battle pain from a torn plantar fascia and will face another week of uncertainty around his playing status as the Chargers (6-6) prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4), according to the San Diego Union-Tribune late Sunday.

"I don't know," Gates said. "It's weird, because after the game you just never know how this thing is going to react. I deal with so much pain after the game. It discourages me so much. It's so painful that I say, 'I can't keep doing this.' The beauty of it is, I pray about it and I wake up Sunday morning, and that's usually when I know if I'm going to play or not."

Gates hauled in six catches for 73 yards in Sunday's surprising 28-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders, surpassing 7,000 receiving yards for his career. The Chargers cut the gap to 21-13 when quarterback Philip Rivers hit a wide-open Gates for a 4-yard scoring pass with 9:59 left.

The six-time Pro Bowler missed the team's Week 9 game against the Houston Texans and Week 11 matchup against the Denver Broncos due to the foot injury. The Chargers had their bye in Week 10.

Gates has appeared in 10 games this season, catching 50 passes for 782 and 10 touchdowns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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