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Chargers’ Philip Rivers (concussion) questionable vs. Bills

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Tashaun Gipson
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Tashaun Gipson
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Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is likely to play against Buffalo despite given a questionable tag.

Philip Rivers took a hard hit against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That very hit likely was the reason why Rivers self-reported symptoms and was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol Tuesday. It was the first time in Rivers’ career that he’d been diagnosed with a concussion.

Rivers hasn’t missed a start since taking over as the Chargers’ starting quarterback in 2006, starting 185 consecutive games. After being limited in Wednesday’s practice, there was some doubt that the streak would come to an end.

But Rivers practiced fully Thursday and Friday, ultimately giving us hope that he’d march onto the field when the Bolts host the 5-4 Bills on Sunday. According to the Chargers’ final injury report, Rivers is officially listed as questionable to play against Buffalo.

#Chargers Game Status for #BUFvsLACOut: BarksdaleDoubtful: Pullard, OnwualuQuestionable: Rivers, McCain

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 17, 2017

Rivers hasn’t been playing like his old self, making questionable decisions throughout the season, but he still gives the Chargers (3-6) a chance to win, which is why they need him out there if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive. Buffalo, who just benched starting QB Tyrod Taylor for rookie QB Nathan Peterman, is currently the No. 6 seed in a not-so-good AFC.

It’s good to see Rivers (potentially) come back quickly from this injury. You never know how long a player who suffered a concussion will be out for. If he does go out and play, hopefully the 35-year-old quarterback will have a clean pocket to throw from come Sunday.

UPDATE: Chargers announce Rivers has cleared concussion protocol

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