Nov 16, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) celebrates as Oakland Raiders wide receiver James Jones (89) and wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) look on after the Chargers beat the Raiders 13-6 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
With Philip Rivers struggling for the last few weeks, Antonio Gates may have an answer on what has been happening with him. Gates said that Philip has been playing through a severe rib injury for the last 3 to 4 weeks. That is right about when the Chargers and Philip started playing fairly poorly.
Gates on Rivers: 'He’s been taking shots all year.For those who don’t know, he’s been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury.'
— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) November 17, 2014
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He was not on his game against the Oakland Raiders either. He missed a few throws and he looked frustrated throughout the day with his play and the play of his teammates.
Would I doubt if Philip has been playing through an injury? I could see it. He has been taking some shots and he has been getting hit all season. That could explain some of his poor play.
He has not been playing that strong, but at the same time he has been making some really poor decisions with the football as well. There were times on Sunday that he tossed it into triple coverage and got away without giving up an interception.
He may have an injury, but a rib injury is not going to heal in a week. Especially when he will just get hit again in the following week. He won’t be able to heal through it all, he will just need to work through it. We need him to be playing like the MVP level he was playing at to start off this season.