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Bye gives Rivers time to heal

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: The London Free Press
    <img width="299" height="199" alt="Phillip Rivers was pulled in the second half after injuring an ankle." title="Phillip Rivers was pulled in the second half after injuring an ankle." src="http://photos.signonsandiego.com/gallery1.5/albums/061231cardinals/SMHchargers260228x0011.jpg" />

    Philip Rivers injured his right foot yesterday, making the San Diego Chargers grateful for their first-round bye in the playoffs and time off for their banged-up quarterback.

    Rivers was hurt when he was sacked by Arizona's Chike Okeafor late in the first quarter of San Diego's 27-20 win over Arizona. He left for a play, then returned and threw two touchdown passes before being pulled in the third quarter.

    Rivers, who pulled up and limped each time he threw a pass, finally came out after some high-level huddling on the sideline that included coach Marty Schottenheimer, trainer James Collins, Dr. David Chao, offensive co-ordinator Cam Cameron, backup QB Billy Volek and third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst.

    Later, he said he was fine.

    "To me, it's not the biggest news of the day," Rivers said of the injury. "To me, it'll be a non-issue come two weeks from now. Whatever it may be, you don't want to make it worse. I think that was more the case than anything. Had this game been for all the marbles, I'd probably still been going."

    Michael Vick was knocked out of Atlanta's game in Philadelphia with a sprained right ankle when he was sacked on the first play of the first quarter. Matt Schaub replaced Vick for the Falcons, who lost 24-17 in their final game of the season.

    Kansas City's Trent Green was also hurt, spraining an ankle in the third quarter against Jacksonville. He missed one series but returned late in the quarter.

    And Denver's Jay Cutler was knocked out of the Broncos' game with San Francisco after being hit in the head. He returned later and led his team on a game-tying touchdown drive but the 49ers won 26-23 in overtime, knocking the Broncos from the playoffs.

    In Tennessee, the Patriots were upset about an injury to their strong safety and defensive leader, Rodney Harrison. Harrison hurt his right leg when blocked in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans and didn't return.

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