QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 15 hours ago
Rivers, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol Friday, putting him in line to start for the Chargers in Week 11, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Rivers was diagnosed with the head injury following the Week 10 overtime loss to the Jaguars, but given that he's been able to steer clear of concussions throughout his career, the Chargers were optimistic all along that he would be able to avoid an absence. With Rivers practicing fully Friday and an independent neurologist giving the quarterback the green light to make his 195th consecutive NFL start Sunday, Kellen Clemens will remain his familiar backup role.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 18 hours ago
Rivers (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Despite the questionable designation, the Chargers listed the QB as a full practice participant both Thursday (after coach Anthony Lynn suggested the QB would be limited) and Friday. Per NFL.com, the team lists Rivers as questionable because he has not yet totally passed through the NFL's concussion protocol and must be cleared by an independent neurologist before that occurs. We suspect Rivers will gain such clearance in advance of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff against the Bills, but if he experiences any setbacks, backup Kellen Clemens would be in line to fill in for him this weekend.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 2 days ago
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that Rivers has yet to clear the concussion protocol and will remain a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. "We think [Rivers will] play, but that's up to the doctors," Lynn said, regarding Rivers' availability for Sunday's game against the Bills. "That's not my decision."
The Chargers are practicing in full pads Thursday, so with Rivers yet to receive clearance for contact, he'll likely be restricted to mostly to individual drills. While Rivers doesn't have a prior history of concussions, he'll still need to pass through all phases of the protocol -- including receiving clearance from an independent neurologist -- before he's given the green light to play. Kellen Clemens waits in the wings to start Sunday against the Bills if needed, but the Chargers are holding out hope that Rivers' symptoms will fully subside by the time the weekend arrives.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 3 days ago
Rivers (concussion) will be limited at Wednesday's practice, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he already feels better about the quarterback's chances of avoiding an absence, hinting that Rivers has made significant progress the past couple days. He'll still need to pass through the NFL's concussion protocol by Saturday if he's going to play in Sunday's game against the Bills. If Rivers can't make it through in time, Kellen Clemens will get the start. Multiple reports Wednesday suggested the Chargers are optimistic.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 3 days ago
The Chargers have been encouraged by the progress Rivers has made through the NFL's concussion protocol and are hopeful the quarterback will be able to play Sunday against the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
It's possible that Rivers will be able to take part in the Chargers' first practice of the week Wednesday in some capacity, but he won't receive the green light for the weekend until an independent neurologist clears him. Rivers doesn't have any notable history of concussions during his lengthy career, which would seemingly bode well for his chances of receiving clearance if symptoms continue to dissipate in the coming days. Despite being diagnosed with the head injury following the Chargers' overtime loss to the Jaguars in Week 10, Rivers wasn't forced to miss any snaps in the contest as a result, finishing the day with 235 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 5 days ago
Rivers is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
It's early enough in the week for Rivers to move through the protocol, but Monday's news makes his status worth tracking as this weekend's game against the Bills approaches. Next up for the team's QB reps for any length of time Rivers is sidelined is Kellen Clemens, with Cardale Jones in line to serve as the Chargers' No. 2 signal-caller in that scenario.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 6 days ago
Rivers completed 21 of 37 passes for 235, two touchdowns and an interception in the 20-17 overtime loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.
Once again, Rivers mainly stuck to throwing checkdown passes to his two running backs, with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler catching 10 of the 21 completed passes. It certainly appeared to be a decision driven by gameplan, as the Jaguars vaunted pass rush did little to disrupt Rivers, who seemed content to get the ball out of his hands quickly. However the veteran quarterback's final throw of the day was simply a poor decision, with A.J. Bouye stepping in front of an errant deep throw to come away with the interception. The Jaguars converted the prime position into a game-winning field goal only four plays later.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 3 weeks ago
Rivers completed 17 of 30 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Patriots.
Rivers lone interception came in a desperation throw at the end of the contest as the Chargers attempted to mount a furious rally late in the game. Back-to-back games in which Rivers failed to cross 250 passing yards is surely a disappointment for fantasy owners, but given the defenses he faced, it's not necessarily a surprise to see him struggle to put up gaudy totals. It doesn't get any easier for the veteran once the Chargers return from bye, as the team is set to face the Jaguars in Week 10.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 4 weeks ago
Rivers completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 21-0 win over the Broncos.
Rivers struggled to connect on many big plays and had a lackluster stat line toward the end of the game, though a 42-yard touchdown strike to Travis Benjamin improved the optics. Though his yardage total was suppressed, the veteran continued a strong run that's seen him throw eight touchdowns compared to just one interception during the last four games. Rivers' play has been crucial to his team's bounce back after a poor start to the season, and he'll look to keep it going in a favorable matchup against the Patriots in Week 8.
QPhilip Rivers QB LAC (9) 1 month ago
Rivers completed 25 of 36 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Raiders.
While he didn't light up the game by any means, Rivers managed to stay turnover-free for just the second time this season to lead his team to a last-minute victory that culminated with a 32-yard field goal by Nick Novak. It hasn't been flashy, but the aging signal caller is bouncing back nicely after his three-interception meltdown against Kansas City in Week 3 by averaging 291 passing yards per outing while posting a 6:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in that same time span. However, despite the recent success, Rivers won't be a reliable fantasy option in Week 7 when he and the Chargers take on a stifling Broncos secondary that's allowed only 6.2 YPA in 2017.