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Bolts From The Blue Jul 30, 2015

Antonio Gates has no idea why he failed PED test

The Chargers future Hall of Famer is preparing to serve a four-game suspension from the NFL, but he's not entirely certain what caused the suspension. For the first time since the announcement of his four-game suspension by the NFL as the result of a positive test for a performance enhancing drug, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates plead ignorance: Typical Gates answer right there. He owns up to what he's done, admits that he made a mistake, but says that the positive PED test was a result of him not reading the label when he purchases supplements from the store. Do you believe...
Silver And Black Pride Jul 23, 2015

Ranking the AFC West by tight ends

We continue to work through the division's skill position players, ranking each team accordingly. Now we look at how they stack up at tight end. 1. Chargers - Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green Even as Gates appears to be slowing down, he's still a major threat. Last season at age 34 he had over 800 yards passing and 12 touchdowns which was the second highest total of his career. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they will be without him for the first four games next season as he will be suspended for PED use. Ladarius Green is a fine tight end in his own rite and should pick up the slack nicely...

Chargers sample life without Antonio Gates

A look at what life will look like without Gates the first four games of the season.
Bolts From The Blue Jul 10, 2015

San Diego Chargers Daily Links: July 10, 2015

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web. At 50-1, Chargers are worth gamble - Nick Canepa (UT$)I feel this way despite tight end Antonio Gates being suspended the first four games for PED use. They’ve won without Gates before; won with him on one foot. Maybe it’s Ladarius Green’s time to break out. The wet paper bag is unbroken. He’s overdue. Philip Rivers on Disappointment in Antonio Gates’ suspension & why he trusts the explanation - Marty CaswellHe’ll have to find someone else to throw them to for the first four games of the 2015 season after...
Chargers Gab Jul 7, 2015

HOF TE Shannon Sharpe Says Antonio Gates “Cheated the Game”

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates claims he never “knowingly ingested” the banned substance that led to his four-game suspension for PEDs and he blames a supplement with an incomplete list of ingredients for the drug test results. Many NFL figures including his quarterback Philip Rivers are accepting that explanation but Hall-of-Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe […]
Bolts From The Blue Jul 7, 2015

Philip Rivers defends Antonio Gates

Gates has been Rivers’ favorite target since El Capitan’s first start in 2006. How do Rivers and the rest of the team feel about the four game suspension? In a recent interview on 1090 AM, Philip Rivers showed a little more of how he leads this team.  It was an interview in which PR staunchly defended the only receiver he has had in every season he has been a Charger.  In the 13 minutes interview, Rivers cited his friendship with Gates and was "certain" that Gates made an inadvertent mistake in taking whatever it was that got him suspended for four games. Rivers "knew this was...
Pride Of Detroit Jul 6, 2015

Lions notes: No Antonio Gates in Week 1

Lions notes looks at how a suspension will impact Detroit's season opener, updated Super Bowl odds and much more. The NFL suspended a whole bunch of players last week, including San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Four players suspended by NFL today for substance abuse violations: Rolando McClain, Datone Jones, Sheldon Richardson and Antonio Gates — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 2, 2015 Why am I telling you this? Well, Gates is suspended for the first four games of 2015, and the Detroit Lions open the regular season at the Chargers. With Gates suspended, the Lions won't...

Antonio Gates suspended 4 games: First game back against Steelers

Another star player was hit with a suspension, this time it is related to PEDs. This is why a quiet offseason isn't so bad. The San Diego Chargers star tight end violated the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy and will be suspended for four games. Unlike conduct violations, drug suspensions are well codified and standardized under the CBA. His first game back will be against the Steelers on October 5. Gates denied he intentionally took banned substances, claiming they were holistic medicines and said via NFL.com, "I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the...
Daily Norseman Jul 3, 2015

Antonio Gates Suspended; Will Miss Game Against Vikings

There were a handful of suspensions that were handed down on Thursday afternoon, all related to the National Football League's substance abuse policy. No members of the Minnesota Vikings were on the hit list, but one of the suspensions that was announced will have an effect on the purple. Antonio Gates, the long-time tight end for the San Diego Chargers, will miss the first four games of San Diego's season because of his violation of the policy. That means that, barring some sort of successful appeal, he will miss the game between the Vikings and Chargers that will take place at TCF Bank...

Antonio Gates suspended 4 games

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.
The Falcoholic Jul 2, 2015

Several players suspended, none of them Falcons

It's certainly good news that none of the suspensions handed down today by the NFL were for Falcons players. The NFL kicked off the holiday weekend by announcing several player suspensions. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson of the Jets was suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and veteran tight end Antonio Gates of the Chargers will also miss the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain will miss the first four games of the season for...
Chicago Tribune Jul 2, 2015

Chargers' Antonio Gates among players suspended for NFL drug policy violations

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.
Mile High Report Jul 2, 2015

Chargers' Antonio Gates among four players suspended by NFL

Thursday was not a good day to be an NFL player. The NFL brought down the hammer on Thursday. The NFL announced the suspensions of four players. All four were suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain were all suspended four games. Packers pass-rusher Datone Jones was suspended one game. The Broncos play the Chargers and Packers this season, but not before Gates's and Jones's suspensions are complete. Denver will face Green Bay at home in Week 8, San Diego...
Big Blue View Jul 2, 2015

Dallas Cowboys' LB Rolando McClain among four players suspended

McClain to miss season opener vs. Giants. The Dallas Cowboys were already expected to be without pass-rushing defensive end Greg Hardy, suspended due to a domestic violence issue, when they open the 2015 NFL season against the New York Giants this fall. Now, the Cowboys will also be without middle linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain was one of four players suspended by the league on Thursday afternoon. He will sit the first four games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (four games, substance abuse), Green Bay...
The Phinsider Jul 2, 2015

Antonio Gates,. Rolando McClain suspensions added to busy NFL day

You get a suspension! You get a suspension! You get a suspension! EVERYONE GETS A SUSPENSION! Thursday was a busy day for the NFL offices in New York City, as several suspensions were handed down for various substance abuse or performance enhancing drug violations. The first announced suspension was to New York Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson. Shortly thereafter, multiple other suspensions were released. Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was given a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, while San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio...

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