Because he didn't report to the team by the deadline of Saturday at 12:30 pm, star TE Antonio Gates will be suspended for the first regular season game as well as their final three pre-season games.
will need to report to the team and sign either the free agent tender that the team has extended him or sign an extension by August 24 or he will be suspended for the second regular season game. He'll be suspended for the third regular season game if he isn't signed by August 31.
With Gates out, backup tight ends Justin Peelle and Ryan Krause will handle the bulk of the work.
Gates will forfeit over $20,000 in salary for each regular season game he misses.
For fantasty football participants, this situation may not get resolved for some time so strongly consider picking up a replacement for Gates as insurance.
Tight ends that could be available on your waiver wire that would be acceptable replacements for the interim are Doug Jolley (New York Jets), Jeb Putzier (Denver Broncos), Daniel Graham (New England Patriots).