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Philip Rivers believes Hunter Henry would be ready to play next week

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

While the Los Angeles Chargers’ star tight end was ruled out yesterday for today’s game in Baltimore against the Ravens, Hunter Henry apparently looked good in practice this week. That’s according to the team’s future Hall of Famer, Philip Rivers. CBS’ Tracy Wolfson reports via Twitter that Rivers believes Henry can play a key role next week in New England against the Patriots if they are able to get through the Ravens today.

Henry certainly would have been helpful today, but the Chargers offense has enough firepower without him that they should still be able to put up more points than they did in week 16. Last time they faced the Ravens, the offense was driving late with a chance to put them in position to win when Antonio Gates fumbled the game away. It’s unlikely that he or anyone else will display that kind of poor ball security today and if they don’t turn the ball over, they should have success.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that the Chargers are expected to activate Henry on Monday if they win today: