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Archive for Monday, January 1, 2007

QBs roughed up in season finale

January 1, 2007

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Philip Rivers injured his right foot Sunday, making the San Diego Chargers grateful for their first-round bye in the playoffs and time off for their banged-up quarterback.

Rivers was hurt when he was sacked by Arizona's Chike Okeafor late in the first quarter of San Diego's 27-20 win over Arizona. He left for a play, then returned and threw two touchdown passes before being pulled in the third quarter.

Rivers, who pulled up and limped each time he threw a pass, finally came out after some high-level huddling on the sideline that included coach Marty Schottenheimer, trainer James Collins, Dr. David Chao, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, backup QB Billy Volek and third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst.

Michael Vick was knocked out of Atlanta's game in Philadelphia with a sprained right ankle when he was sacked on the first play of the first quarter. Matt Schaub replaced Vick for the Falcons, who lost 24-17 in their final game of the season.

Kansas City's Trent Green was also hurt, spraining an ankle in the third quarter against Jacksonville. He missed one series but returned late in the quarter.

And Denver's Jay Cutler was knocked out of the Broncos' game with San Francisco after being hit in the head. He returned later and led his team on a game-tying touchdown drive but the 49ers won 26-23 in overtime, knocking the Broncos from the playoffs.

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