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Troubling sign? Chargers' Gates sent to bench with foot issues

The San Diego Chargers will be without star tight end Antonio Gates on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a league source.

Gates is dealing with foot issues, nothing new for the tight end who missed six of the final eight games last season with a similar problem. The seven-time Pro Bowler also dealt with a foot injury in 2008.

Gates had seven catches for 84 yards in San Diego's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but was held without a catch last week against the Patriots.

Veteran Randy McMichael is likely to get the start in place of Gates.

Bob Sanders is also out for the Chargers, as expected.

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