Antonio Gates: Philip Rivers playing through “very severe rib injury”

AP

Philip Rivers hasn’t been on the Chargers’ injury report all season.

But he reportedly could be hurting.

After the Chargers’ 13-6 win vs. the Raiders on Sunday, tight end Antonio Gates said Rivers has “been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he’s been toughing it out these last three or four weeks,” according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rivers was twice shaken up during the second half of Sunday’s game, with the team’s medical staff checking out his left knee in the third quarter and his ribs/midsection in the fourth quarter, per the CBS telecast. However, he didn’t miss a play.

Rivers, for his part, told the Union-Tribune he was “no more banged up than other” NFL quarterbacks.

The Chargers’ will release their first injury report of Week 12 on Wednesday. They host the Rams next Sunday.

The Chargers (6-4) played their first game after their bye on Sunday. Five of their final six games are on Sundays. They have one less day of rest and recuperation leading into the Saturday, December 20 game at San Francisco and one more day of preparation leading into the season finale at Kansas City on Sunday, December 28.

17 responses to “Antonio Gates: Philip Rivers playing through “very severe rib injury”

  1. Gates shouldnt be saying this. Nothing good can come of this but targeting Rivers ribs and the Chargers getting in trouble for no disclosing it. I wish Rivers is best, he’s a top tier QB when healthy but plays through alot of injuries.

  2. Tony Romo is amused.

    Let me know when he breaks a rib, punctures a lung and breaks bones in his back…

  3. Why wasn’t he on the injury report? The Chargers should be fined and stripped of draft picks or else failing to disclose injuries (doing so is mandatory per NFL rules) will become a trend.

  4. Everyone has anointed Derek Carr as the Raiders’ franchise QB, but why would you want a guy who’s 0-10 and counting leading your team into the future?

    Great QB’s find ways to win with the pieces around them. The Raiders players are all NFL players, they’re not amateurs. Carr can’t pull out a single victory with these guys?

    Maybe it’s time to start looking at the QB. Maybe Carr isn’t as good as you all say/think he is.

  5. Sounds like an excuse for barely getting a victory over a winless team. Romo played with a broken back and three for 250+ and 3tds in one half and nobody even mentions it. Chargers are falling apart.

  6. dalfanforever says:
    Nov 16, 2014 11:56 PM
    Tony Romo is amused.

    Let me know when he breaks a rib, punctures a lung and breaks bones in his back…

    —————

    How about playing the entire 2007 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots with a torn ACL because he didn’t want to let his team down?

  7. natelan says: Nov 17, 2014 12:11 AM

    Everyone has anointed Derek Carr as the Raiders’ franchise QB, but why would you want a guy who’s 0-10 and counting leading your team into the future?

    Great QB’s find ways to win with the pieces around them. The Raiders players are all NFL players, they’re not amateurs. Carr can’t pull out a single victory with these guys?

    Maybe it’s time to start looking at the QB. Maybe Carr isn’t as good as you all say/think he is.
    ———–
    Carr hasn’t been anointed, but he’s a rookie on a team that can’t run the ball and can’t stop the run. They don’t have anything close to a #1 receiver, and he’s pressing. But he has a live arm, he can read a defense, and he’s competitive, so there’s some hope for him.

  8. Can’t believe I’m doing this, but I agree with Natelan & Raiderapologist. Carr has good characteristics, but he’s being way over-hyped. Maybe 1 throw over 10 yards every 5 series. Pressure comes and he’s running back instead of stepping up and making a throw.

    Kinda sick of hearing all these good things about him when it hasn’t amounted to squat.

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