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Rivers wants Gates back at Chargers

May 30 2018 1:37 AM

Philip Rivers would support the Los Angeles Chargers re-signing Antonio Gates.

Los Angeles' starting tight end, Hunter Henry, suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear last week. The Chargers are reportedly considering bringing back Gates, who spent 15 seasons with the team, following Henry's injury.

Rivers said Gates' return "would get his vote," according to ESPN. Rivers also said he spoke with Gates last week.

"Well, shoot, I'd always be excited if he walked back in the door," Rivers told reporters on Tuesday.

Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowler, racked up 11,508 receiving yards and 114 touchdowns during his time with Los Angeles. But, the Chargers elected not to re-sign Gates in the offseason and he is currently a free agent.

Rivers said Gates is physically prepared to return.

"[Gates] is doing good," Rivers said. "I'm sure he's in shape and will be ready if called on and that's something he's interested in.”

The Chargers finished 2017 with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

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