Chargers Injury Report: Philip Rivers upgraded to full practice on Thursday

The Chargers got some great injury news Thursday as it was announced that Philip Rivers had returned to a full practice. He was limited yesterday.

Charger fans were filled with a collective sense of dread when it was announced earlier this week that Rivers had entered the concussion protocol. At the time it seemed like Rivers' 185 games started streak was in serious jeopardy and that there was a good chance Kellen Clemens would be making his first ever start for the Chargers. That no longer seems to be the case as the full practice Thursday means that Rivers is virtually certain to start against the Bills on Sunday.

Needless to say, it's an upgrade to the entire Chargers offense in what is a must-win game against Buffalo. The Chargers are 3-6 but still very much alive in the playoff race due the AFC being very weak this year. 9-7 or maybe even 8-8 may be good enough for a wildcard spot. The game against the Bills seems like a prime get-right spot for the team as Buffalo will be starting rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback in his first ever career start.

Elsewhere on the injury report, DE Chris Mccain, RT Joe Barksdale, LB Hayes Pullard, and LB James Onwualu all didn't participate. DT Brandon Mebane was limited with a hamstring injury. It would be nice to get Barksdale back but it appears he's at least another week away. Not having Mccain would be a big loss as he's been a pretty large part of the Chargers' dominant pass rush this season.


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