Thursday December 18th, 2014

On Thursday, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers practiced for the first time this week, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rivers is listed on the injury report with chest and back injuries.

He's believed to have been playing through a rib ailment. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the back injury is "bigger than people realize."

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Rivers performed well in the practice and that he expects Rivers to be ready for Saturday's game against the 49ers (7-7) in San Francisco.

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"Philip was Philip today," McCoy said, according to the Union-Tribune. "He'll be ready to roll."

Rivers has started 142 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak behind Eli Manning of the New York Giants.

Over 14 games this season, his 11th in San Diego, Rivers has completed 67.6 percent of his pass attempts for 3,639 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while helping the Chargers post an 8-6 record.

San Diego is in contention for a playoff spot in the AFC despite losing consecutive games to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.

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