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Chargers coach believes Philip Rivers will play Sunday

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  • By Austin Knoblauch NFL.com
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It appears the ironman of the Los Angeles Chargers will be playing Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday he believes quarterback Philip Rivers will be out of the league's concussion protocol before Sunday and eligible to play.

"We think he'll play, but that's up to the doctors," Lynn said, per ESPN. "That's not my decision."

The veteran quarterback must be cleared by an independent neurologist before he's allowed to play again.

Rivers was placed into concussion protocol Monday following the Chargers' overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's unclear on which play Rivers sustained the concussion, but he was listed as a full participant in practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Rivers, 35, hasn't missed a game since taking over the Chargers' starting role from Drew Brees in 2006. He has started 185 consecutive games, the second-best active streak behind draft mate Eli Manning (208) and the fourth-best all-time.

If he can't go, backup Kellen Clemens is set to get the start with former Bills signal-caller Cardale Jones also on the roster.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Chargers were encouraged by the progress Rivers had made under protocol and there was optimism he would play Sunday. For a 3-6 team on the edge of falling into the abyss of another failed playoff bid, having Rivers under center could be vital for preserving the Chargers' postseason hopes.

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