Philip Rivers QB SD 13 Hrs

Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back that may require offseason surgery, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Rivers' back was so bad two weeks ago that he received urgent treatment and considered sitting out the rest of the season. Instead, he opted to play through the pain, making his performance in Saturday night's remarkable comeback even more impressive. The back injury is not expected to keep him out of Week 17.

Philip Rivers QB SD 23 Hrs

Rivers (chest/back) threw three interceptions but was able to rally the Chargers to a huge second-half comeback for a 38-35 overtime victory in San Francisco on Saturday night. He completed 33 of 54 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns.

The Chargers found themselves down 28-7 at the break, thanks in large part to two Rivers interceptions, one of which was returned 49 yards for a touchdown. However, the quarterback was brilliant after halftime, leading San Diego to four scoring drives and converting on two crucial fourth downs to keep the Chargers' hopes alive. It was a gutty performance, but it will be nearly impossible for him to repeat these kinds of numbers next week against a Chiefs pass defense that has allowed just two quarterbacks all year to top 250 passing yards and none to eclipse 300.

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Rivers (chest/back) is active for Saturday's game against San Francisco.

Rivers is playing beat up, but there was never much doubt about his availability for Saturday's game. Still, between the fairly tough matchup and his struggles of late (seven touchdowns, eight interceptions in his last six games), Rivers' fantasy prospects for Saturday aren't all that exciting.

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Rivers (chest, back) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per coach Mike McCoy, Rivers will "be ready to roll" Saturday, which should come as no great surprise, as the Chargers' QB has not missed a turn since becoming the team's starter in 2006.

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Rivers (chest, back) practiced fully Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Gehlken further notes that coach Mike McCoy indicated that Rivers "had an outstanding day" at practice Thursday, while adding that he expects the QB be ready to go Saturday night against the 49ers.

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Rivers (chest, back) was present for practice Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

We'll have to see how the Chargers officially list Rivers on their injury report this week, but the report suggests that the QB is expected to play Saturday against the 49ers.

Philip Rivers QB SD 4 Days

Rivers (chest, back) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The report relays that Rivers was a spectator on Tuesday during the Chargers' individual drills, but the quarterback doesn't seem concerned about his Week 16 availability at this stage. "I feel good," said Rivers. 'I'll be ready to roll on Saturday evening."

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Rivers (chest, back) completed 24-of-41 passes for 232 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Broncos.

Rivers led the Chargers to just three points through the first 50 minutes of the game, but tossed a nice five-yard touchdown to Antonio Gates in the fourth quarter. The veteran QB had another shot for a touchdown late in the game, but threw an interception in the end zone, once again trying to hook up with Gates. While it wasn't a great game for Rivers, he was missing his top weapon in Keenan Allen, who was knocked out of the contest with an ankle injury. Rivers will have his hands full next week against a tough 49ers' pass defense, whether Allen is available or not.

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Rivers (chest, back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Rivers will predictably continue to play through his aches and pains, and if Sunday's home tilt turns into a high-scoring affair, the QB could put up some respectable Week 15 production against the Broncos.

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Rivers (chest, back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Rivers practiced fully all week and should be good to go on Sunday, with the main thing of note here is that the QB is listed as having a back issue, in addition to the chest injury that was cited in last week's report.