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Chargers list Rivers as having chest injury; was full participant in practice

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SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers was listed on the San Diego Chargers' practice report Wednesday as having a chest injury.

Rivers was listed as a full participant and coach Mike McCoy said the quarterback will play Sunday against St. Louis.

McCoy refused to be specific when asked if it was a rib injury.

Rivers took two hard shots in Sunday's victory against Oakland, once having a player roll over a leg and then having the wind knocked out of him. Afterward, tight end Antonio Gates was praising Rivers' toughness when he let it slip that the quarterback has been dealing with "a very severe rib injury" for the last three or four weeks.

On Monday, McCoy said Rivers hadn't been treated for a rib injury.

Gates later backtracked, saying his comments had been taken out of context.

"Unfortunately, it was more made of than he intended it to be," Rivers said Wednesday when the Chargers began preparing for Sunday's home game against the St. Louis Rams. "As a buddy he was trying to give a compliment but it ended up, 'Oh, what's the matter.' I can honestly say there is nothing going on hindering me in any way. It's part of playing the position and I will be fresh and ready to go on Sunday."

Asked if he had been dealing with an injury for a while, Rivers said: "If we told you every nick and knack we ever had, it would be a long list and things that you wouldn't want to hear about it. It wouldn't be worth reporting, that is for sure."

Rivers said he feels good. "Shoot, it's hard to play this position. You get banged up here and there. I feel as good as I can ask to feel at this point in the season."

PHOTO: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers rips off his helmet as he displays his frustration during the second half of the Chargers' 13-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in San Diego. The Chargers scored the game's only touchdown in the first minutes of the game.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers rips off his helmet as he displays his frustration during the second half of the Chargers' 13-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in San Diego. The Chargers scored the game's only touchdown in the first minutes of the game. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

McCoy, who loathes talking about injuries, didn't offer specifics about Rivers.

"It is a chest injury," McCoy said. "He had a great practice today like the last 11 weeks. He didn't miss a snap and had a great practice."

Asked if Rivers received treatment for the chest injury, McCoy said: "He looked great out there. He'll be ready to go."

McCoy said Rivers was placed on the report because "there were certain things that happen during a game and he had to be put on there."

Did backup Kellen Clemens take extra snaps?

"No," McCoy said. "Philip was just like he is I said in the first answer I gave today. He took every snap in every week in practice just like the last 11 weeks."


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