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QB Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Rivers was nicked up several times during the game on Sunday (though he didn't leave the contest), and after the contest we heard from Antonio Gates that Rivers 'has been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury.' - an item that the Chargers somehow left off their injury reports. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing story.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): If Rivers can't put up numbers against the Raiders, then can he be trusted with our playoff lives on the line? Antonio Gates said Rivers is dealing with a serious rib injury, and while that was denied, it would at least explain what is going on. In the meantime, it might be better bench him against the Rams ferocious pass rush in Week 12.

General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 18): suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. Antonio Gates said Sunday, Nov. 16, Rivers has been playing with a severe rib injury, but "he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks." Rivers downplayed the situation, and said he is no more banged up than any other quarterback in the league.

Week 12: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Philip Rivers came out of the bye modestly against the Raiders, pitching a 'W' but only compiling 22/34 for 193 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions against Oakland. The team was working to get Ryan Mathews back up to speed, so they had a balanced attack with 34 pass attempts and 32 rushes during the game. Rivers threw the TD to Malcom Floyd (six for 4/44/1) and also hit Keenan Allen regularly (13 targets for 8/63/0). Antonio Gates was peripherally involved with three targets for 3/32/0 to finish third among Chargers' receivers last week. Though it was good enough for a 'W' in the league, the performance was lack-luster from a fantasy standpoint. The Rams' pass D held Peyton Manning to one TD pass last week (the first time all year he's only thrown one score), while he also threw two costly interceptions (34/54 for 369 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -20 yards). Two weeks ago, it was Arizona with only one TD pass (28/41 for 307 net yards passing, one TD and one interception generated by St. Louis). As you can see, the Rams aren't shutting down opposing passers, but they are getting pass pressure to bear and converting some turnovers into upset victories. To date, the Rams rank 19th in the NFL averaging 247.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores offset by six interceptions and 19 sacks generated (23rd in the NFL in both the latter categories). Rivers has a good matchup here, but he'll need to be careful with the ball as the Rams are angling for turnovers of late in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
8 at DEN 30 41 252 3 2 1 17 0 0
9 at MIA 12 23 138 0 3 1 3 0 1
11 vs OAK 22 34 193 1 0 1 -1 0 0
12 vs STL PROJ-Dodds 23 34 * * * 3 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 22 34 * * * 3 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 21 32 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs MIA (12 / 23 / 138 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

After playing like an MVP candidate through the early part of the season, Rivers ran into a brick wall in this game. It was pretty evident from the opening snap that it was going to be a long day for him, as he was sacked on his very first drop back. He just never looked comfortable at any point, rarely stepping into any throws and floating a lot of passes downfield with disastrous results. His decision-making and trademark accuracy were also curiously missing as well, and this was all PRIOR to injuring his arm late in the game. He was hit on the elbow by a defender's helmet, jarring the ball loose. As he continued his follow through, the ball came out completely and was recovered by Miami for his fourth turnover of the game. His other three were all interceptions, and were a combination of a lack of time and very poor decision-making. His first was a floater over the middle that he thew too high for WR Malcom Floyd (no easy feat to throw it too high for the 6'5" Floyd). His second interception was a pass to WR Keenan Allen in traffic. The ball was thrown well behind Allen for the easy turnover. And the last one was another terrible decision, a jump ball to Allen with coverage all over him. Both players had their hands on the ball, but the defender was the one who came down with it. Rivers nearly had another turnover on a deep ball down the seam with seemingly nobody but Dolphins in the area. But it deflected off of one defender's hands before the other one had a chance to pick it off. Between the turnovers and passes that fluttered and the Dolphins getting a great deal of pressure on him repeatedley, it was arguably the worst game Rivers has ever played in his career.

2014 Week 11 vs OAK (22 / 34 / 193 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Many assumed that they bye week coupled with a date at home against the hapless Raiders is all Philip Rivers needed to get back on track. After his first pass of the game, that seemed to be the case. He fired a perfect strike to WR Malcom Floyd in stride for a touchdown just over the defender's head. But even that score was fortuitous, because the Chargers got the ball deep in Oakland territory following a fumbled snap. And after that early success, Rivers struggled for almost the entire game. He was under a lot of pressure from the Oakland front, and looked completely out of sync with his receivers. At one point, he and WR Keenan Allen were seen disagreeing about something on the sideline. It didn't really get very heated, but it just showed the disconnect he was feeling due to all of the on-field miscommunication (and this was with two weeks to prepare!). He was nearly intercepted on a bad pass to Floyd when the defender jumped the route by diving in front of the ball, and Rivers was fortunate it wasn't picked. The Chargers just looked disoriented in general. Even when they managed to occasionally pick up a blitz, it's not as if the receivers were running free in the secondary. Late in the second half, he appeared to find a little bit of a rhythm in getting the ball into field goal range (though K Nick Novak missed the 48-yard attempt). That momentum carried into the second half when he showed perfect touch on a floater down the sideline to Floyd for a 24-yard gain. The reception would have put the ball inside the 10-yard line, but it was negated due to a holding penalty. More importantly, Rivers came up limping after the play. He looked to be in a lot of pain on the field but refused to stay on the ground. He was seen having his left knee checked out on the sideline. On top of that, he was hit hard late in the game and was almost doubled over in pain. According to another sideline report, he was having his ribs looked at. But despite getting knocked around, he remained in the game and was healthy enough to engineer a clock-killing drive late in the fourth quarter that left the Raiders with about a minute left to go 88 yards (which they failed to do).

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Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers expected to play (Fri Nov 21, 03:49 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers a full participant (Thu Nov 20, 06:11 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Rivers hasn't looked right since San Diego was curb-stomped by Miami a while back. We don't trust him much this week, ranking him as a QB2....and a middle-of-the-road one at that.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers a full participant (Wed Nov 19, 04:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Head coach Mike McCoy said Rivers will play.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers not receiving treatment (Mon Nov 17, 04:41 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (rib) is not receiving treatment on the rib injury he suffered in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

Our View: Rivers was a bit banged up in the Week 11 game against the Raiders. In addition to his ribs, the team also checked out his left knee (it was fine) during the game. Rivers could be limited in practice this week.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers battling rib injury (Sun Nov 16, 10:34 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (ribs) suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. TE Antonio Gates said Sunday, Nov. 16, Rivers has been playing with a severe rib injury, but 'he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks.' Rivers downplayed the situation, and said he is no more banged up than any other quarterback in the league.

Our View: Rivers didn't look like himself against the Dolphins, and now we might have a reason why. It'll be tough to want to play him against the Rams defense that just ate up Peyton Manning if all Rivers can muster against the Raiders is 13 points.
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