The Pro-Bowl tight end will sit with his foot injury despite his questionable status, according to a report by NBC. NBC doesn't name a source for this story, so there's still a slight chance that Gates will be active, but when there's smoke, there's usually fire when it comes to these things.
This is very disappointing as Antonio was looking to bounce back after his going reception-less after last week's game against the Patriots. Up until yesterday, everything we heard made it sound like Gates was going to suit up.
But since this story isn't coming straight from the Chargers, keep an eye on the active and inactive lists when they are released at around 2:30 Eastern time (11:30 Pacific). But since it's an afternoon game, you may have to set your lineups sooner. If that's the case, it sounds like you will want to look in a different direction today.
I know that's going to sting to lose your high draft pick, especially against a weak Chiefs secondary that's already missing Eric Berry. This is a missed opportunity to pile up a lot of fantasy points.
On ths upside, Vincent Jackson, Mike Tolbert and now Patrick Crayton owners should benefit from Gates' absence.