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Antonio Gates suspended after failing PED test

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Prior to this year's NFL Draft, a lot of eyes were looking at the San Diego Chargers amid rumours of a shocking trade including their quarterback Philip Rivers.

Rivers didn't end up going anywhere and is now preparing for another year leading the Chargers, but once again, all eyes are on the franchise.

Not for good reasons

As oppose to trade speculation, all eyes are on the Chargers now due to the fact that the NFL have suspended tight-end Antonio Gates.

Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season following the results of a drug test.

Gates has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and will now be suspended without pay for the first four games of the upcoming season.

According to the league's rules, Gates will be able to take part in all of the team's off-season and pre-season activities and games.

The team have denied that Gates knowingly took a performance enhancing drug but the man himself has also commented on the league's ruling.

"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." - Gates on his punishment

The 12-year veteran isn't expected to appeal the suspension and will now miss the Chargers first four games of the regular season.

Road trips to the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals and two home games against the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns will take place during the duration of Gates suspension.

He will become eligible once again on October 5th and will return in time for the Chargers' home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chance to jump ahead?

For the last three seasons, the Denver Broncos have won the AFC West but 2015 may be the best opportunity for either the Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs or maybe even the Oakland Raiders to steal the division title back.

Ok it's unlikely to be the Raiders but with the Broncos having lost Julius Thomas and quarterback Peyton Manning looking out of form in the second half of last season, could the Broncos be weakened next season?

The Chiefs signed a good wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin and could pose more of a threat to the Broncos next season.

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