The Chargers quarterback took a hit to the midsection as he was sacked in the second half, and though he never left the game, Gates was quick to reveal his teammate's toughness.
"For those who don't know, he's been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks," Gates said, per U-T San Diego.
A source informed of the injury told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport after the game that Rivers has bruised ribs with possible cartilage damage; they are not fractured, and the quarterback has not incurred anything to his lungs.
What other injuries are we following on Sunday?
Rapoport later reported that Thomas suffered a sprained ankle, with an MRI set for Monday, according to a source informed of the injury.
- Seahawks guard Max Unger was carted off in the fourth quarter of the team's game against the Chiefs. He was seen on crutches after the game, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. Coach Pete Carroll revealed during his postgame news conference that Unger suffered a high ankle sprain. Rapoport reported that Unger will have an MRI on Monday, according to a source who has spoken to the guard.
Meanwhile, running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game for the locker room with his left shoe and sock off; NFL Media has confirmed that he will get X-rays on his ankle, and he was ruled out for the game.
Coach Chuck Pagano said at his postgame news conference that both players would get evaluated via MRI on Monday.