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Rivers' ribs are acting up after two rough weeks in the trenches

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Philip Rivers didn't get hit as much Sunday in Miami as he did the previous week in Oakland. But the back-to-back weeks of playing teams that got to him had him receiving treatment yesterday for the second straight day on his bruised ribs.

    "Just a couple bumps and bruises," Rivers said. "Nothing big."

    There are a few others – guards Kris Dielman (thigh bruise) and Mike Goff (knee strain), strong safety Clinton Hart (strained shoulder) and fullback Mike Tolbert (sprained ankle) – who can say the same thing. All of them will play Sunday against New England, though they could be rested in practice this week.

    But the Chargers will be without outside linebacker Jyles Tucker again this week and perhaps a week longer because of the strained hamstring that kept him out at Miami. And receiver Chris Chambers appears likely to sit against the Patriots with the ankle sprain suffered against the Dolphins.

    Moreover, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates, the cornerstones of the offense, remain hobbled by a toe and hip, respectively.

    "We have some guys who aren't 100 percent," head coach Norv Turner said. "We have some guys that aren't able to do the things we're accustomed to seeing. I think they're getting closer and closer to doing it."

    Gates expects to be bothered by the hip stinger for another couple of weeks, and Tomlinson said he has no choice but to play through the injury.

    "If I take a week off, I have to take three weeks off," he said. "It's not a one-week injury. You can't get better in one week. There's no such thing. Nobody can. If you are injured, you're injured."

    Tomlinson actually had two fewer yards on nine more carries last season than his 331 yards on 89 carries through five games this year. The past two years comprise the slowest five-game starts in his career.

    "I don't think there's any question that we're banged up," Tomlinson said. "Obviously, just look at the injury report and you can see that. But at the same time, we played through stretches like this last year when we were banged up and we got the job done. So I don't want to make that an excuse.

    "We're out there playing, so ultimately, it's on us. It doesn't matter if we're hurting or banged up or what. We have to play better."

    Great day

    The loss precluded Mike Scifres from being too pleased with himself, but the fact is he had the best game of his career Sunday against the Dolphins.
    Never before in 74 career games had he finished a game with a higher net average in a game in which he punted more than once. (And only once when punting one time did he have a higher net than the 50.5-yard average he had over six punts in Miami.)
    "Just doing my job," Scifres said. "That's the guys covering. That's us doing our job as a unit, those guys tackling and not giving up returns."
    Sure, but he also booted the ball – a 65-, 64- and two 59-yarders that seemed to hang in the air like a helium balloon.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    – Field position was not the problem Sunday. For the third straight game, the Chargers' average start was beyond the 30.
    – The Chargers have not allowed an opponent to score in the third quarter since the season opener and have outscored opponents 30-7 in that period.

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  2. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

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    We have to pick up an OLBer somewhere. The depth at that position really scares me, and we're playing with fire at the position right now. If you think Cottrell has been conservative so far this year, wait till we get another injury at that position and we're down to two players on the depth chart. Not good at all.

    The Chambers injury is another that hurts quite a bit. He could have been a huge asset in exploiting New England's secondary. Hopefully Gates will be feeling better by Sunday.
     
  3. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Rub some dirt on them Rivers, u'll b al ight.:yes:
     
  4. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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    With Chambers banged up, does this mean Floyd will get into the lineup?
     
  5. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    OK, some're banged up; we get it. Play thru it like many of y'all did last January!!
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    That would explain why he was off on his game Sunday. Hard to throw a ball if your ribs are bruised.
     
  7. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    no kidding, man I'm gettin tired of hearing about our injuries!

    are we cursed??

    damn

    :icon_sad::icon_sad::icon_sad:
     
  8. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Buck up Grumpyumpikus! The season aint near over! :abq1:
     
  9. BeerGuy

    BeerGuy BoltTalker

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    At least the inside of Rivers' knee doesn't look like an Outback Steakhouse "Bloomin' Onion," like Brady's does.

    Our O-line has the potential to get Cassel killed as well. I'm betting you guys will tee off on him this week. He's getting better with every game and has begun to minimize MAJOR errors, which is all they need him to do. Cassel needs to be patient and pick his spots rather than attempt to force or create anything. He's niether forceful, or, creative, so he needs to cut that crap out.

    I'm guessing both QB's will take some horrific hits, hopefully none that are questionable........
     
  10. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Yup, but we need to start winning NOW!!!!
    Let Volek take a few snaps. Thats why we gave him that big contract.


    And Please Please Please Please Please Please... sit LT and let Sproles and Tolbert start!!!
    You're the coach, Norv. Only YOU can make that call!!
     

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