Philip Rivers didn’t want this, right? Playing home games in Carson, California, in front of Eagles fans who are cheering for him to get sacked and throw interceptions? Rivers turns 36 in December, has a house full of kids and a laundry list of statistical accomplishments that would stamp him for the Hall of Fame if he’d ever won half as many Super Bowls as Eli Manning did. But so far this year, he’s 22nd (46.2) in Total QBR, 20th in passer rating (87.8) and — just like Eli — 0-4. How confident can the Chargers be that Rivers will want to stick out the next three seasons and help them open the Rams’ new stadium in 2020? Not very. Who do they have in the pipeline behind him? Cardale Jones, who was acquired in a trade before the season. Rivers’ track record is the only thing keeping this ranking from plummeting into the bottom third.
Luck warmed up fellow quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett, Scott Tolzien and Phillip Walker before doing individual work with them and then some routes versus air throws with his receivers. Luck won’t practice Thursday, but he’s expected to participate in practice on Friday as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
There’s a pitch count, there’s a number, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. We’ll keep an eye on him. We’ve got it scripted exactly how many throws he’ll have and what routes he’ll throw based on each day. … We’ll just look at it and evaluate every one, docs and trainers will and take it one day at a time.
He missed all of the team’s offseason workouts, all of the preseason and the first four weeks of the regular season while rehabbing from a posterior labrum tear in his right shoulder. He’s working to regain his arm and shoulder strength so that he can get to the stage where he’s whipping every throw around the field.