SAN DIEGO (AP) - Antonio Gates joined his San Diego Chargers teammates for the first practice of training camp a day after his 22-year-old sister died after battling lupus for three years.
The star tight end missed most of offseason workouts to be in Detroit with sister Pamela.
Gates lauded coach Mike McCoy for letting him deal with his sister's illness. Last season, Gates would often fly to Detroit after road games to be with his sister.
Gates says no one is immune to life's tribulations and believes ''strength comes from just me believing in the right things and what I did as a brother.''