Colts QB Rivers ready to roll; DL Buckner out
Philip Rivers’ consecutive starts streak of 234 games will live to see another Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Friday that Rivers “looked good” after being held out of practice the past two days as a precaution due to a toe injury.
Rivers hasn’t missed a start since breaking into the lineup as the starter for the then-San Diego Chargers in 2006.
“It’s certainly important to me and I’m thankful that I’ve been healthy enough to be out there,” Rivers said Wednesday, when he didn’t practice but watched Jacoby Brissett work with the first-team offense. “I do think there is something about that availability being there each and every week. I think there is a fine line there. You don’t just try to keep that alive to keep it alive. This isn’t one of those instances.”
The Colts will not have defensive lineman DeForest Buckner this week in a crucial AFC South showdown against the Tennessee Titans. Buckner is out due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Rivers has played through worse — including a torn ACL — in his career.
He signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March and continued his consecutive-games streak through the first 10 games for Indianapolis this season.
Rivers said he understands his injury is nothing in the grand scheme and pushed the focus to the matchup of 7-3 division rivals.
“You think about all the things you could deal with, they sound a little more legit than a toe,” Rivers said. “We’ve all heard of guys that have had different toes that nagged them, and things. Thinking about defensive backs, running backs and all those guys, I can only imagine how tough it was to deal with something. It’s a little different, but thankfully my position there is not a lot of cutting. I’ll be good.”
–Field Level Media