FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was expected to start for the San Diego Chargers against undefeated New England in the AFC championship game Sunday despite being slowed by a sprained right knee.
Rivers was on the field warming up an hour before the game and was not included on the team's list of eight inactive players.
Rivers sprained his right knee a week earlier when he landed awkwardly after throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on the last play of the third quarter of a 28-24 upset win at Indianapolis.
The quarterback sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning Friday. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Also expected to play for the Chargers were All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who hyperextended his left knee at Indy, and Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who played for the second straight game with a dislocated left big toe.
The only inactive player of note for the Chargers was Dave Rayner, who had been handling kickoffs in place of Nate Kaeding, who has an injured lower left leg.
Among the Patriots' inactives were wide receiver Troy Brown and tackle Wesley Britt.

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