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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 Dec 15): Rivers continues to play through chest and back complaints, but he hasn't been as effective over the past few weeks - stay tuned to his practice status this week in Footballguys.com's Players in the News.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Rivers doesn't look sharp and he might be without one of his top wide receivers, Keenan Allen, on Saturday at San Francisco. He's not a QB1 for championship week, or even a desirable option against a resurgent 49ers defense.

General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week. Rivers looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. "Philip had an outstanding day," McCoy said. "A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll."

General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday. Rivers is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.

General News (Wed Dec 17): took part in a walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 17, but didn't take part in practice, but he fully expects to play in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. "At this point in the week I think there's no doubt," Rivers said. Antonio Gates said Rivers has been dealing with a 'very severe rib injury' since mid-November. Rivers has started 142 straight games, and he thinks sitting out practice this week will help him play this weekend.

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers threw 24/41 for 232 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions vs. Denver last week - he did find Antonio Gates for a TD (seven targets for 6/54/1 receiving), but watched Keenan Allen get carted off the field with a broken collarbone (he's almost surely out for several weeks). Michael Floyd (seven for 3/34/0 last week) and Eddie Royal (four for 3/27/0) will have to pick up the slack for Allen over the final two weeks of the season. The Chargers' passing attack is suffering injury attrition (Rivers is battling a sore chest and ribs to stay in the games as well). San Francisco limited Seattle to 12/24 for 138 net yards passing, one TD and one interception last week, and sacked Russell Wilson five times for -30 yards. Two weeks ago, Derek Carr ambushed the 49ers in the Black Hole, throwing 22/28 for 245 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most weeks, teams have a harder time throwing the ball on San Francisco than Carr did - they average 206.0 net passing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL) with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied-fifth) and 32 sacks (tied-19th) generated to date. This is a tough matchup for the visiting Chargers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 vs STL 29 35 291 1 1 3 -1 0 0
13 at BAL 34 45 383 3 1 4 19 0 0
14 vs NE 20 33 189 1 1 3 8 0 0
15 vs DEN 24 41 232 1 2 1 3 0 0
16 at SF 33 54 356 4 3 0 0 0 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 21 34 * * * 3 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 23 36 * * * 3 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 23 38 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BAL (34 / 45 / 383 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)

After several weeks of mediocre fantasy production, owners may have been in wait-and-see mode regarding Rivers. He certainly rewarded those who kept the faith by setting season highs in both yardage and touchdowns. Early in the game, he was under a lot of duress from the Baltimore front. In fact, his first pass of the game was intercepted by the Ravens due to him being hit as he threw. The pass rusher clipped his forearm as he released the ball, causing it to flutter over the middle for an easy pick. He was continuously pressured until the Chargers consciously started throwing shorter passes. It appeared that the gameplan was to throw shorter passes to offset the pressure up front, and it worked. He still felt the pass rush, but he now had open receivers closer to him to get the ball to. He was extremely efficient, converting 9-11 third downs in all. The first touchdown pass he threw was somewhat across his body over the middle, and featured a phenomenal diving effort from WR Keenan Allen to haul it in late in the first quarter. But Rivers saved his best for later. After engineering a late first half drive to set up a field goal, Rivers connected on a deep ball to WR Malcom Floyd for 58 yards to help set up another field goal. The play was seemingly set up by the short, quick passes the Chargers had been attempting late in the first half. It appeared to catch Baltimore off-guard that the Chargers were throwing deep. That pass was thrown perfectly in stride and set up San Diego at the 11-yard line for the easy kick. After the teams traded scores for a bit, Rivers found Allen for another deep ball. This time though, it got the team into the end zone. Allen made another terrific individual effort, twisting his body and spinning his way into the end zone. But make no mistake, the ball was placed precisely where it needed to be as well. With San Diego trailing by 6 late in the game and needing a touchdown, Rivers marched the team 80 yards down the field (helped in large part by a 23-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone). On the following play, Rivers hit WR Eddie Royal on a quick screen, and Royal walked into the end zone untouched for what turned out to be the game-winning score. Rivers entered the game still feeling the effects of a rib injury suffered several weeks ago, and did appear to be slow getting off the turf a couple of times. But overall, he seemed no worse for wear. And a credit to Rivers, he never appeared to flinch or back down from the pressure at all. He stood tall in the pocket and delivered his throws with a full follow throw despite facing a continuous barrage of pressure all game.

2014 Week 14 vs NE (20 / 33 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Rivers had come around recently from a fantasy perspective, but regressed a bit in this game. Part of that was due to his number one receiver (WR Keenan Allen) being blanketed the entire evening. Part of it was disrupted timing by the New England defensive pressure up front. And some was due to the running game never really getting on track, which enabled the Patriots to focus more attention on stopping the pass. Early on, Rivers was getting a lot of time from his offensive line. Of course, his receivers were rarely able to get open down the field anyway, so all that time was mostly spent hanging out in the pocket waiting for someone. He had a mostly quiet first half, though he did find the end zone early in the second quarter. He floated one to the back right corner over the head of WR Malcom Floyd, who tracked it down and laid out to haul it in. It was a terrific individual effort, but the ball was also placed precisely where it needed to be. Rivers never really came close to any other touchdowns in the game, nor did he connect on very many big plays. Aside from one long pass later on to Floyd, his only other passes of 20+ yards came on short passes where the receivers did most of the work after the catch. Rivers turned the ball over once, though it could have been much worse. Rivers was looking for Allen over the middle and didn't see that the linebacker had dropped into coverage underneath. It was an easy interception. As for the close calls, TE Antonio Gates saved him from an interception early on by knocking it down before it could get to the waiting defender. And TE Ladarius Green juggled a pass that bounced into the hands of a waiting defender. It was initially ruled an interception and returned for a touchdown, but a very questionable personal foul penalty was called against New England for the hit on Green, which wiped out the pick and the score.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (24 / 41 / 232 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Rivers did not play well in the game. Granted, the Denver defense applied a lot of pressure on him at times, but they didn't actually record a sack in the game. At times, Rivers appeared a bit skittish, rushing passes and firing off-line even when there wasn't anyone all that close to him. A large part of his problem in the game was his receivers' collective inability to get open. TE Antonio Gates did a good job, but otherwise nobody really seemed able to beat Denver down the field. For most of the first half, he lacked rhythm and a lot of passes were wobbling all over the field. His arm appeared to have been hit on several occasions, and the offense was completely stagnant. The pass protection got a bit better in the second half, but the receivers still had a lot of trouble getting open. Rivers began to settle down a bit by the fourth quarter, and even managed to find the aforementioned Gates for a quick touchdown. Gates beat his man off the line and Rivers put it perfectly on his hands for the score. It was San Diego's only touchdown of the game, and first in their last 17 possessions. But a lot of that drive could have to do with the fact that Denver was playing a more relaxed defense. With the Chargers trailing by 9, he threw one into coverage that was intercepted and all but ended the game. When the Chargers got it back (again down 9), he wasn't even able to compile garbage time points because he was again intercepted - this time in the end zone. Again, he seemed all too ready to force the ball and rush passes, even when he wasn't in any danger of being sacked or even hit.

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Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers has bulging disk (Sun Dec 21, 11:09 AM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is playing through a bulging disk in his lower back, according to sources. He may require offseason surgery.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers good to go (Sat Dec 20, 07:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is active Saturday, Dec. 20, for Week 16.

Our View: Rivers has been struggling recently. We'll see if he can play better tonight against the 49ers.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers probable (Fri Dec 19, 05:04 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for the team's Week 16 game.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers ready for Saturday (Thu Dec 18, 11:20 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. 'Philip had an outstanding day,' McCoy said. 'A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll.'

Our View: Rivers will be without Keenan Allen and he is playing with a back injury that Adam Schefter reported as worse than commonly known, so he's far from an ideal option against the still tough 49ers defense.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers practices in full (Thu Dec 18, 03:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: We don't love Rivers' prospects this week against San Francisco, and see him as a low-end QB2. Injury certainly has sapped his ability, but this season has been disappointing given how well he played in 2013.
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17@ Kansas City Chiefs