Chargers TE Gates ruled out vs. Texans

Six-time Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates will miss a game for the first time in his eight-year NFL career Sunday after the Chargers declared him inactive against the Texans because of a toe injury.

Gates said Friday that he hoped to play, despite being listed as doubtful on the Chargers’ injury report. His absence leaves San Diego thin on pass-catchers since WRs Legedu Naanee and Malcom Floyd also are out with hamstring injuries.

The Texans also won’t have their starting tight end, Owen Daniels, because of a hamstring injury. He had been listed as questionable.

Full inactives list:

Chargers
WR Legedu Naanee (also No. 3 QB)
K Nate Kaeding
S Darrell Stuckey
LB Brandon Siler
G Kris Dielman
DT Cam Thomas
WR Malcom Floyd
TE Antonio Gates

Texans
Matt Leinart (No. 3 QB)
WR Dorin Dickerson
CB Karl Paymah
LB Xavier Adibi
G Kasey Studdard
DT Malcolm Sheppard
DE Jesse Nading
TE Owen Daniels

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