San Diego Chargers

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium | Coach: Mike McCoy
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th85.4 (30th)256.1 (10th)
Defense9th124.1 (26th)214.2 (4th)
2015 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
115Melvin GordonRBWISC
248Denzel PerrymanILBMIAMI
383Craig MagerCBTXSTSM
5153Kyle EmanuelOLBNDST
6192Darius PhilonDTARK

Schedule

4:05 pm EDT
Sun Sep 13
DET
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 20
at CIN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 27
at MIN
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 4
CLE
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Oct 12
PIT
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Oct 18
at GB
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 25
OAK
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 1
at BAL
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 9
CHI
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 22
KC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 29
at JAC
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 6
DEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 13
at KC
4:25 pm EST
Sun Dec 20
MIA
8:25 pm EST
Thu Dec 24
at OAK
4:25 pm EST
Sun Jan 3
at DEN

Standings

AFC
West
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Denver12-4-06-0-0
Kansas City9-7-03-3-0
San Diego9-7-02-4-0
Oakland3-13-01-5-0
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Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  

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