Rivers said that the lip readers got it all wrong.
“I didn’t say that. I don’t know if I ever said that. It wasn’t the worst day ever. It may have been the worst play I’ve ever been a part of, but it wasn’t the worst day,” Rivers said via the Associated Press.
The AP adds a level of intrigue to the question of whether Rivers is playing hurt this year. They note that he took a number of big shots against the Patriots in Week Two, and suggest Rivers could have a chest injury. That would help to explain his accuracy problems.
Nine Chargers didn’t practice Wednesday, including four offensive starters. The lack of practice time isn’t helping the Chargers offense, but they actually had more injury problems last year. And that didn’t slow down Rivers.