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.

Recent NFL Discussions

Newsletters For January 22-29, 2018 on Tue, Jan 2018 by Shazman
2004-05 REMATCH on Tue, Jan 2018 by Timmy1961
Minnesota on Tue, Jan 2018 by Timmy1961

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Super Bowl LII MVP Odds to Win Is Tom Brady the clear favorite to win the Super Bowl LII MVP? Here are the latest odds.
Thumbnail Super Bowl LII Point Spread Drops The point spread for Super Bowl LII between the Eagles and Patriots has dropped a half-point at several online and Vegas sports books.
Thumbnail Early SBLII Action on Eagles to Cover It's early, but the action is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles to cover the point spread versus the New England Patriots in Super...
Thumbnail Patriots Open as SB LII Favorites The Super Bowl LII matchup is set and the New England Patriots have opened as favorites to knock off the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4.
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Eagles Prediction Will the Eagles pull off another playoff upset this evening when they host the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game? Or will the Vikes punch...

NFL Team Pages