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Philip Rivers will be ready for Chargers, McCoy says

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The San Diego Chargers fully expect Philip Rivers to start versus the San Francisco 49ers after the quarterback returned to practice on Thursday.

Battling chest and back injuries, Rivers was a full participant in the portion of practice open to the media.

"Philip had an outstanding day," coach Mike McCoy said, via the U-T San Diego. "A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll."

Rivers famously played through a torn ACL in a playoff game. His status for Saturday's game was never seriously in doubt.

Although Rivers' health isn't a major concern, the Chargers offense will be at less than peak strength versus a stout 49ers defense.

Running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) and No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen (collarbone) are both expected to sit out after missing practice all week.

That's especially troublesome for a unit that has generated an average of just seven points against the Patriots and Broncos the past two weeks.

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