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Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers in the Concussion Protocol

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Los Angeles QB Philip Rivers is in the concussion protocol after taking some big hits in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Los Angeles Chargers v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images

Here comes some (maybe) bad news....

Let’s start with how this happened. Philip Rivers is made entirely of Vibranium and whole milk. How the hell did the Jacksonville Jaguars manage to injure him?

Ooooohhhhhhhh.

Well, onto the next question: How did it take the Los Angeles Chargers 24 hours to diagnose Philip Rivers with a concussion?

Self-reported. Of course. So, safe to assume that Rivers was playing in the game after being concussed. That’s less than great.

Obviously, we’re all wishing for a full and speedy recovery for Rivers, who is part of the unique group of “athletes that are great people in addition to being impressive on the field of play.” That being said...

The Chargers have been so poor this season (3-6) that if the AFC decided to go ahead and throw another playoffs with the six best teams that weren’t in the playoffs already, the Chargers would still be on the outside looking in.

Perhaps a better way of saying that is that they outrank, by record, just three other AFC teams: The 3-6 Broncos, the 3-7 Colts, and the 0-9 Browns.

It might be time for the Chargers to tank the rest of this season and hope for a Top 5 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Having Philip Rivers take his time in recovering from his concussion, rather than having him play in a meaningless game against a pretty good defense, would be a good way to help that cause.