When it was first announced that Philip Rivers had suffered a concussion against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, it looked as though the quarterbacks streak of 185 consecutive starts could be coming to an end. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Chargers, it is looking like that will not be the case after all. The Chargers just announced that their franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns has been cleared to play this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills by an independent neurological consultant, as required by the league for all players returning to play following a concussion.
Philip Rivers has been cleared to play by an independent neurological consultant. pic.twitter.com/7JauUNVqX7— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 18, 2017
When exactly Rivers suffered the injury during the 20-17 overtime loss to the Jaguars has been a hot topic of debate over the past few days. Some speculate that it was Rivers hit on cornerback AJ Bouye on the Chargers last offensive play in overtime, while other suggest it could have come from a hit earlier in the game in which Rivers was upended (a play that did not draw a flag from the officiating crew).
It’s not clear exactly which play caused Rivers injury, but the fact that it looks like El Capitan will be on the field for the Chargers come Sunday bodes well for their chances of getting a win that they so desperately need.
It was reported earlier this week that rookie Nathan Peterman will start for the Bills at quarterback over veteran Tyrod Taylor. A surprising move to say the least. At 5-4, the Buffalo Bills are still rights in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC. Meanwhile the 3-6 Chargers appear to be heading in the opposite direction. However, the Chargers aren't ready to give up, and a win this Sunday could put them back on track for at least competing for a wild card spot. Having Rivers on the field this Sunday certainly puts them in a better position to get that much needed W this Sunday.