|ADP:||Round: 10, Pick: 3|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 228 lb.|
|College:||North Carolina State|
|Born:||December 8, 1981|
|Drafted:||2004 / Rd. 1 (4)|
Rivers has decided to retire after a 17-year career, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "It's just time," said Rivers.
Analysis: Rivers finishes his career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards. He threw for 4,169 yards with 24 touchdowns and a 7.7 YPA in his lone season with the Colts, leading them to the playoffs, after spending the first 16 seasons of his career with the Chargers.
Colts GM Chris Ballard plans to speak with Rivers in February, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Ballard believes Rivers can still play, but it isn't clear the quarterback will want to stick around for another season, nor is it clear the Colts want him back. The 39-year-old put up respectable passing stats in 2020, but he offers nothing as a runner and is well past his prime, so the Colts might shift their focus to finding a younger QB. The team should have a better idea before free agency begins in March.
Rivers completed 27 of 46 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round loss to the Bills. He also threw a two-point conversion and rushed once for minus-1 yard.
Analysis: Rivers directed the Colts' offense past midfield on each of the team's three first-quarter possessions, but those drives all stalled soon after, resulting in just three total points. He led a touchdown drive capped by a one-yard Jonathan Taylor run on the next possession but just missed Dexter Pittman in the back of the end zone on 4th-and-goal with a chance to grab a 17-7 edge on the ensuing drive and ended up trailing 14-10 heading into the locker room after Buffalo scored just before halftime. After a quiet third quarter, Rivers heated up in the fourth, tossing touchdowns to Zach Pascal (nine yards) and Jack Doyle (27 yards) to pull within three points. He got the ball back with 2:30 remaining but came up short on a Hail Mary attempt as time expired after Buffalo was granted a timeout to negate a completion that would have put Indianapolis in field-goal range. If this is the last we see of Rivers, he went out in fitting fashion, putting up solid numbers but coming up just short when it matters most.
Rivers (toe) was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: No surprises here, as Rivers has been managing a turf toe injury and is in no danger of missing Saturday's playoff opener against Buffalo. The veteran QB will take aim this weekend at a Bills defense that allowed an average of 232.9 passing yards per game and 23 TDs via the air this past season.
Rivers (toe) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Rivers continues to manage a turf toe injury, with listed practice absences having become the norm. He's in no danger of missing Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills.
Rivers completed 17 of 27 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Colts' 28-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also netted minus-2 yards on two rushes.
Analysis: With rookie running back Jonathan Taylor exploding for a career-best 253 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Rivers didn't have to much of a load to shoulder. The 17-year veteran did connect with T.Y. Hilton for his one touchdown pass, capping off the Colts' opening drive. However, there wasn't much to write home about from that point forward, but Indianapolis now turns its attention to an extremely tough wild-card-round assignment in the form of the Bills next weekend. Meanwhile, Rivers powered through a nagging turf toe injury to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark for the eighth straight season, and he was able to cut his interception total by nine after tying a career high with 20 picks in his final Chargers season in 2019.
Rivers (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Rivers was given Wednesday's practice off while he continues to manage a turf toe injury, but his return in full capacity a day later clears the way for him to start Week 17 versus the Jaguars. The Colts will need a victory over Jacksonville and a loss by either the Titans, Ravens, Browns or Dolphins to secure a playoff berth, so Rivers won't be a candidate to receive rest in the season finale unless Indianapolis turns the game into a blowout in the second half.
Rivers (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: As the veteran QB continues to manage a turf toe injury, Wednesday absences have become the norm for him. With the Colts still in playoff contention and needing to take care of business Sunday against the Jaguars, we have zero doubt that Rivers will be the team's Week 17 starter.
Rivers completed 22 of 35 pass attempts for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Rivers moved the offense efficiently in the first half and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Zach Pascal to help his side build a 14-point lead at the break. Unfortunately, he couldn't get it going in the second half as the Colts failed to score on their last five drives, including one that ended in an interception. Rivers came into the game with a stellar 6:0 TD:INT over his previous three games and will look to finish the regular season on a high note in next Sunday's meeting with the hapless Jaguars.
Rivers (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Rivers' absence at practice Wednesday was attributed to the turf toe injury he's been managing for several weeks, but his return to full activity a day later suggests he was merely getting some maintenance to begin the week. The veteran quarterback looks well on his way to making his 239th consecutive regular-season start Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Rivers (toe) was rested at Wednesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Wednesday absences are becoming the norm for Rivers, as he continues to manage a turf toe injury. Look for the veteran QB to return to a full practice Thursday, as he did last week in advance of the Colts' 27-20 win over the Texans this past Sunday.
Rivers completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Texans.
Analysis: Rivers worked efficiently to lead the Colts to victory. He recorded multiple touchdowns for the fifth consecutive week, both of which went to Zach Pascal. While many of his attempts were to short areas of the field, Rivers did showcase some arm strength on long completions to Pascal and T.Y. Hilton -- the longest of which went for 41 yards. He'll look to maintain his touchdown streak in Week 16 against the Steelers.
Rivers (toe) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: Rivers continues to manage a toe issue, but despite his absence from practice Wednesday, the QB's status for Sunday's game against the Texans wasn't in doubt. He'll take aim this weekend at a Houston defense that was picked apart by Mitchell Trubisky (267 passing yards and three TDs/zero picks) in the team's 36-7 loss to the Bears in Week 14. Aiding Rivers' cause in Week 15 and beyond is that top wideout T.Y. Hilton has picked up the pace over his last three games and rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has put together back-to-back strong outings.
Rivers (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Wednesday absences could become routine for Rivers down the stretch, as he continues to manage a turf toe issue. If last week can be used as a barometer, the veteran QB would be in line to return to a full practice Thursday.
Rivers completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Rivers' average of 8.7 yards per attempt was his second-best of the season as he completed an impressive 68 percent of his passes. He also delivered his third game with multiple touchdowns and zero interceptions to take his TD:INT to 9:2 over the last four games. Rivers notably continued his growing rapport with T.Y. Hilton and also benefited from the team's rushing attack generating 212 yards on the day. The veteran is in full command of an offense that is finally humming and should face little resistance next Sunday against a hapless Texans defense.
Rivers does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Rivers missed practice Wednesday due to the plantar plate rupture in his toe that's plagued him since late November, but he managed to close out the week with back-to-back full practices. The veteran signal-caller may have to make due without standout left tackle Anthony Castonzo (knee), who is listed as questionable to play in Las Vegas, but as consolation he'll get to take on a Raiders secondary missing both Jeff Heath (concussion) and Damon Arnette (concussion).
Rivers (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 1075thefan.com reports.
Analysis: Rivers has dealt with a plantar plate rupture in his toe since Nov. 23, and the issue limited his reps during Wednesday's practice, so it's encouraging to see him back in action without restrictions. The veteran quarterback was never in real danger of missing Sunday's game against the Raiders, but if appears as though he could now be more comfortable moving around in the pocket.
Rivers (toe) took part in practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: If Rivers follows a similar practice regimen to last week, he'll be a limited participant Thursday after an absence one day prior. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rivers has been playing through a plantar plate rupture in his toe, an injury that is considered to be worse than turf toe. Consequently, Rivers likely will continue to devote much of his focus on treatment and only get on the practice field when necessary with the Colts in the midst of a playoff push.
Rivers (toe) won't practice Wednesday, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Wells suggests that the Colts may rest Rivers on Wednesdays going forward, as he continues to manage a turf toe issue. Look for the veteran QB to practice in some capacity Thursday.
Rivers completed 27 of 35 pass attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Rivers mark of 8.1 yards per attempt was his best in six games as he completed a masterful 77 percent of his passes. He connected with T.Y. Hilton and Jonathan Taylor for touchdowns, giving him a 7:2 TD:INT over his last three games. Rivers has also averaged 289.3 yards per game over that span and will look to continue his recent excellence in a favorable matchup with the Raiders next Sunday.
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