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Chargers TE Gates returns to practice

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 24, 2005) -- Chargers tight end Antonio Gates participated in his first workout with the team since spraining his right foot last weekend.

Gates, injured Nov. 20 in San Diego's victory against Buffalo, was upbeat about his chances of playing Nov. 27 at Washington.

"I'm going to constantly prepare to play this weekend and take care of the foot," said Gates, the team's leading receiver with 56 catches for 784 yards and seven touchdowns.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer also was encouraged about the All-Pro's first practice session of the week.

"He did some work out here today," said Schottenheimer, who reiterated that Gates' availability will probably be decided at game time. "We are cautiously optimistic. He ran and he cut. It was positive."

The Associated Press News Service

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