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Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:15 pm
We might not find out if Rivers is really injured until after the season. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Through 10 games this season, Philip Rivers has thrown 17 interceptions. His previous high in five seasons as the Chargers starting quarterback: 15 in 2007, and that was over 16 games. Annually considered one of the league's best quarterbacks, Rivers' sudden plunge into mediocrity has been, well, baffling.

Offensively, the names are virtually unchanged, although Vincent Jackson and Rivers seem to find themselves on different pages of the playbook on a weekly basis, and tight end Antonio Gates doesn't yet appear to be fully healthy. Ryan Matthews occasionally flashes first-round talent, but he still lacks consistency. Then there's the offensive line which, due to injuries, is currently held together with duct tape and chicken wire. And let's not forget head coach Norv Turner, who could be out of a job come January.

While all of these issues play some role in Rivers' Season of Forgettable Football, there might be a simpler answer: he's hurt.

You'd never know it to ask him (he's denied it every time the question comes up), but there's a growing belief in league circles that Rivers' unexplained slide can actually be explained pretty easily: he's not 100 percent.

"Rivers repeatedly says nothing is wrong, but numerous NFL executives and coaches around the league disagree," ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote Friday. "What has happened many times in the past is that a quarterback who struggles during the season will acknowledge afterward that he was hurt. It wouldn't be stunning if the same happened with Rivers. Based on the opinion of people around the league, Rivers has to be playing hurt, no matter how much he denies it."

Sports Illustrated's Peter King echoed those sentiments during a Friday appearance on NBC SportsTalk, suggesting that we'll learn after the season that Rivers was playing hurt.

It sure would explain a lot, though we suspect such a revelation won't do much for Turner's job security.

The gamble, assuming any of this is true, presumably was that Rivers at less than full strength still gave the Chargers the best chance to win, especially in a relatively weak AFC West. Well, as it turns out, the West is relatively weak ... and San Diego is still a bad team. Not all of that is on Rivers; he's played better in recent weeks. The defense has been atrocious and Turner's aforementioned game-management issues haven't helped, either.

Wherever the truth may lie, here's the reality right now: the Chargers are 4-6 and tied for last in the division. They'll probably need to go 9-7 to have a chance to win the West. If the previous 10 games are any indication, that's all but impossible. Then again, we say this every year, and almost every year, San Diego makes a late charge. We're just not sure they have it in them this time around.

Fun starts Sunday when Tim Tebow comes to town.

After a win over the Jets last week, the Denver Broncos hope to keep their streak alive as they take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.'s Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game. Watch the game at 4:15 PM ET on CBS.

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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:46 am

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

Mullarkey, every star with a down year uses that excuse after the season. If you are hurt , you should be on the list. Many of the INT's he is throwing this year are due to just plain bad passes. With the injuries to his WR's they are unable to take passes out of the air like they were in the past. Some of those ints came after balls that were dropped. A problem he never had in previous years. What needs to happen is Norv need to change the game plans.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:27 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

I've never understood why people feel the need to make excuses for players they cheer for.  It really doesn't matter if he is hurt or not.  Plenty of hurt guys are playing.  Plenty of those guys aren't hurting the teams they play for.  I've loved bashing Rivers since he came into the league.  I will continue to love bashing Rivers until he leaves the league.  That said..  The guy is having a bad year.  It happens to star players in every sport.  Sometimes players just can't seem to put it together some years.  A lot of those guys come back having best years of lives after that.  Even being a Rivers basher it's hard for me to see this lasting more then just this year.  So all the Rivers fanboys need to get off his nuts, and stop making excuses for him.  He's not making any for himself why do you think he wants yours?  Admit that he may just not be having a real great year.  Then go cry about the fact you won't get to see Chargers knocked outa playoffs early like you normaly do.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:57 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

Who cares how many kids he has as long as they are raised properly. There are so many regular people that don't take care of there kids. Look at Cromartie. He has 8 with 8 different women. They saw him comin. Big Ben? Dr j?? No reason to attack him personally Rich and famous. Who cares. Jordan is a good dad right??

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:52 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

I been saying he had to be hurt. He is at least a top 8 qb. I'd rather have him then romo or Henne or even painter who is suppose to run that sorry ass colts team that I love. This ain't rivers. He is slot better then what he is producing. Also never liked norv turner. He is the one that ruined ladainian tomlinson. If shottenhiemer was still there I think they would be in a bowl by now. They have gotten better talent wise but worse team wise.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:09 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?


Rivers has 6 kids, its called a family... hes married and Oh he had consensual sex with his wife while making them too... unlike big ben who simply RAPES girls lol... 

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:18 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

Rivers sucks dude. He throws like a girl and does not take accountability for anything! We must get better, we must stop making mistakes, hello Numnuts Phillip you must get better and You must stop making mistakes! Throw the ball like a man and not from your hip and Quit barking meaningless talk to the Coach. He is horrible and just remember one thing dude, HE WILL NEVER WIN THE SUPER BOWL LET ALONE GET THERE AND THAT IS A FACT!!!!!  OUT!  Is this what 105 million $$$$ buys a team WOW!!!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:36 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

MantleDiMaris, looks like we swapped locations, no?
Glad you're enjoying those Mediterranean-like conditions.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:35 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

Toxic69 you are a complete moron. Why let everyone else know that you are? If I were you I would just keep those turds in your mouth where they  obviously fertilize your shitty mind.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:28 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

I didn't even know that fertilizing a turd was possible yet.
Your parents answered your query long before you posted it here, Toxic69. BTW, kool moniker. What are you? All of 13 years old?
6 kids, sure, but at least with one wife. I didn't know you got fantasy points for f***king 10 women, producing 10 little field goals, like say...uh, Antonio Cromartie. I'd look up to him, sure... if i was a toilet bowl.
No problem, though, Rivers haters. The guy's a pretty damn good QB having a very subpar year. Pounce all you want. I suspect that you all are just fantasy players who drafted him and can't admit you made a mistake. Nobody saw this coming. This guy is a MAN.
He takes the responsibility for his mistakes and all you haters can say is that he is a whiner. SHOW SOME PROOF and convince me.
What's the problem? He doesn't like losing? He didn't miss field goals. He played with a bum knee against the Patriots and did pretty well (IN New England) I just don't get it. Why don't you all go do a dogpile on little Eli who needed his daddy to tell the Chargers he didn't want to play for San Diego. Why? Because they SUCKED at the time, so Eli wanted an easier route. And maybe sell some more s**t in the Big Apple from endorsements. I live in the Tri-State, and lately? Eli ani't shuckin' too many Toyotas. Good season so far, but the G-men are floundering.
Point is? Rivers is a great QB having a bad year. If you can't deal with it then go post your drivel elsewhere. And to attack him as a person? Well, go worship "Toxic69" and the insipid posts made by him. Make him your 'fantasy dude'.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:01 pm

Is Philip Rivers playing hurt?

After spending 25 years of my life in New York state my wife and I decided we wanted to move to California. We resettled in a community in north San Diego county. Summer-like conditions year round do wonders for old bones. We (wife and I) are life-long New York fans moving to San Diego will never change that yet we see many of the Chargers players in our local grocery store. We have actually seen and spoken with Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers, former Chargers LaDamian Tomlinson, and back-up QB Billy Volek. All these guys are seen wearing jeans and sneakers no "bling" or obnoxious attitudes in tow. Recently, my wife and I saw Philip Rivers he looked worn down, different, we have seen him many times before and he never looked the way he did that day. Clearly something is amiss with him. I was never a professional athlete, I was a professional soldier. I can say that both professions take a toll on the human body and mind. I'm no doctor but I can tell when a man is in pain and Philip Rivers in my estimation is playing in pain. 

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