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“The other thing that comes into play once a

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers would welcome the return of tight end Antonio Gates following the serious knee injury sustained by Hunter Henry last week.

Rivers endorsed the idea of re-signing Gates Laken Tomlinson Jersey , who is a free agent after playing all 15 seasons of his record-setting career for the Chargers, but said the decision would be up to general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn.

"I would always be excited if he walked back in the door, obviously. Certainly, he would get my vote," Rivers said Tuesday.

Gates would be a logical fit to help replace Henry, who is expected to miss the upcoming season because of a torn ACL he sustained in practice. Henry had emerged as a top target for Rivers over his first two seasons with 81 receptions for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns, contributing to the team's decision not to bring back Gates.

Gates caught 87 of his 114 touchdown receptions from Rivers Marshawn Lynch Jersey , the second-most by a quarterback-receiver combination in NFL history behind the 112 touchdown passes Peyton Manning threw to Marvin Harrison for Indianapolis. Gates has the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history to go along with his franchise-record 927 receptions and 11,508 yards receiving.

The absence of Henry leaves Virgil Green as the only tight end currently on the roster that has caught a pass in an NFL game. Behind Green, who signed with the Chargers as a free agent from Denver in April, are second-year players Sean Culkin and Braedon Bowman and rookies Cole Hunt and Ben Johnson.

"It will look different without Hunter in there, but thankfully we have another 10 practices or so, counting the mini-camp, to continue to shape the offense for who we're going to be," Rivers said.

Rivers had been in contact with Gates since Henry tore his ACL Russell Wilson Jersey , declining to discuss the specifics of their conversations.

"If something were to happen down the road, he wouldn't have wanted it to come that way with Hunter's absence," Rivers said.


SAINT PAUL, Minn. — It’s widely known in the hockey world that the game gets much more difficult in the playoffs. With the Minnesota Wild on the verge of clinching their sixth consecutive trip to the postseason, their life just got much tougher.

As they prep for their regular-season home finale on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Wild are having to rapidly adjust to life without both of their top defensemen.

They’d already lost Jared Spurgeon with a groin injury a few weeks ago, and now the word out of Minnesota is that Ryan Suter is out with a fractured fibula, suffered in Saturday night’s 4-1 loss to the Stars in Dallas.

Suter Kirk Cousins Jersey , who has been the team’s mainstay on the blue line since coming to Minnesota as a free agent in the summer of 2012, has been averaging nearly 27 minutes of ice time per game and shouldering an increased load with Spurgeon missing in recent weeks. He went hard into the boards during the loss in Dallas and did not return to the ice.

“That’s a tough one for us. I don’t think I need to explain. We all understand how important he is for our team,” Wild left winger Zach Parise said. “You don’t like to see your teammates or anybody go down like that.”

On Easter Sunday, the Wild made it clear that they expect to have a hole to fill on defense, recalling rookie blue-liner Carson Soucy from their Iowa AHL team. He is expected to make his NHL debut versus the Oilers.

Minnesota sits third in the Central Division with four games to play, and according to one numbers-crunching website, has a better than 98 percent chance of making the playoffs. The Wild are widely expected to open the postseason on the road against the Winnipeg Jets, who have clinched second place in the Central.

The Oilers have three games remaining and come to Minnesota for their final road game of the season having lost four in a row Amari Cooper Jersey , including a 3-2 decision to the Flames on Saturday night in Calgary.

After a slow start, the Oilers put up a fight against their provincial rivals but came up short in what has become the storyline in an overall disappointing season.

“We decided to play harder and compete a little bit more after the first (period). We can’t complain about the effort or the opportunities we created,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “Numerous two-on-ones and three-on-twos where it’s on the offensive player’s sticks and they’re not going in.

“The other thing that comes into play once again for our team is the power play. We had five opportunities to at least get one to pull us back in it and we never did.”

The Oilers will be looking to sweep the season series with the Wild. Edmonton won 3-2 in Minnesota in December and 4-1 when the teams met in March in Edmonton.

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