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Old 05-18-2012, 11:33 AM
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This is major news, now every defense we play against will have to adjust to cover him like they did 3 years ago. This is the best news I've heard out of Charger camp so far and I think it's just going to get better and better.
Ditto. I never thought he would recover and said he "was done." I hope he proves me wrong and remains 100% foot ailment free for the rest of his life. As Gene Simmons said on his DR. Pepper commercial, "Remember......I'm a Doctor!" HMMMMMM..........
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:45 AM
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He also hasn't played in a live game yet. Of course he is healthy now..
He hasn't been healthy for at least 4 years in the offseason.

Why would he suddenly "of course" be healthy now? What has changed and is different in 2012 as compared to 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011?
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:46 AM
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I think its great that he feels back to his old self. I am just curious to see how it holds up during camp and into the season. I would appreciate it if any of the 'foot specialist' would chime in on how his previous injury will hold up and if it is possibly for him to be 100% again with no lingering issues. Getting Gates back is a huge boost to our offense. Rivers does need to spread the ball around a little better though. It seems that when Gates is in there, Rivers locks onto him and goes to him too often.
The plantar facsia, which Gates tore, is capable of getting back to 100%. The reason it takes so long to heal is due to a very limited blood supply to that muscle. Thus it can take a tremendous amount of time to get through (as it has for Gates), but once healed it is by no means likely to create lingering issues. It's not impossible, but the better odds are that he won't have to deal with that particular problem again.
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Watched a lot of 2011 film.

What makes Gates so special is his brain. He has immeasurable physical tools but his brain has kept him in the game more than those tools have.

If he can come back to even 80% physically we still have a top-5 TE on the field. He's that good.




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Old 05-18-2012, 12:29 PM
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He was healthy to end the season. Otherwise he would never have played in the pro bowl. And he posted solid numbers to close out the year.

The man had 64 catches, 778 yards, and 7 TD's on a gimpy year. He's back to form and his numbers will be back up too. Believe that.


Yeah... guess he did that without being 100%...
Imagine what can he do when he's fully healthy
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Yeah... guess he did that without being 100%...
Imagine what can he do when he's fully healthy
We don't have to imagine, we've all seen it first hand.
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Last offseason, Gates was in bad shape, and they didn't sugar-coat it to the press. So with Turner saying Gates is healthy gives me reason to be optimistic.

It's a lot better than hearing Gates is sitting out.
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The plantar facsia, which Gates tore, is capable of getting back to 100%. The reason it takes so long to heal is due to a very limited blood supply to that muscle. Thus it can take a tremendous amount of time to get through (as it has for Gates), but once healed it is by no means likely to create lingering issues. It's not impossible, but the better odds are that he won't have to deal with that particular problem again.
That's not exactly true, but the general concept is right. The reason it takes so long to heal simply put is that in order to get around you have to walk on it. The Planter Fascai (sp?) Is a long thin muscle that stretches almost over the entirety of the bottom of the foot, so if you walk on it at all, it slows the healing process, playing on it might actually just make the injury worse, so playing with it was actually more hurtfull in the longrun, but once its healed its like any other muscle, and it should get back to 100%.

Its funny im just learning all this stuff in class.
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That's not exactly true, but the general concept is right. The reason it takes so long to heal simply put is that in order to get around you have to walk on it. The Planter Fascai (sp?) Is a long thin muscle that stretches almost over the entirety of the bottom of the foot, so if you walk on it at all, it slows the healing process, playing on it might actually just make the injury worse, so playing with it was actually more hurtfull in the longrun, but once its healed its like any other muscle, and it should get back to 100%.

Its funny im just learning all this stuff in class.
Both things are true. It being on the bottom of the foot causes a lengthy recovery time, but the blood supply to that muscle has as much if not more to do with it.
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pff, believe it when I see it
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