TE Antonio Gates indicated after Sunday's game that Rivers has been dealing with a "severe" rib injury over the last few weeks, U-T San Diego reports. "He's showed a lot in the past, his mental toughness, his will to win and overcome anything he's dealing with from a physical standpoint," Gates said. "For those who don't know, he's been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks." Reported by CBSSports.com
Rivers had to be checked out twice during Sunday's game, once after having his leg rolled up and again after taking a big shot to the midsection, but he didn't miss a snap in the Week 11 win. He downplayed his injury issues after the game, saying, "I'm no more banged up than other quarterback in the league. All good. ..." We'll be watching for more.