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Star tight end Antonio Gates says he's not sure how banned substance got into his system

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SAN DIEGO — Star tight end Antonio Gates says he's not sure how a banned substance got into his body, although he believes it could have been while he was cleansing his system in the offseason.

Gates has been suspended without pay for the first four games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He can practice with the team and play in exhibition games, but then will be barred from the team until Oct. 5, when the Chargers host the Steelers in a Monday night game.

PHOTO: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during drills at opening day of training camp at Chargers' Park Thursday, July 30, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during drills at opening day of training camp at Chargers' Park Thursday, July 30, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Gates addressed the media Thursday after the opening practice of training camp and said: "It wasn't something that I knew what it was."

Quarterback Philip Rivers says he feels for Gates and losing a player of his caliber will affect the Chargers.


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