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Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates Will Not Play Against Minnesota Vikings

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler (57) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

It will be QB Charlie Whitehurst that better have his track shoes on against the Minnesota Vikings. Whitehurst will get the start on Friday against Jared Allen and the Vikings allowing Philip Rivers a day of rest and a day to avoid the Minnesota pass rush. Consider Whitehurst a stunt double for the game or a crash test dummy.

Antonio Gates is not expected to play on Friday either. We need to keep both healthy for the regular season. Losing Vincent Brown last week could have contributed to this decision and the fact the 60% of the offensive line will be reserves.

Keep the stars healthy! No need to waste anymore bullets in the preseason. Good decision by Norv (did I just really?).