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Philip Rivers throws another INT before leaving game

I'm aware that there is a certain segment of the San Diego Chargers fan base that is freaking out about this preseason. It's hard to blame them: The left tackle (Jared Gaither) hasn't practiced, the starting running back (Ryan Mathews) broke his collarbone, and the promising deep threat (Vincent Brown) broke his ankle.

The most overwrought concern in San Diego: Philip Rivers' interception problems. He threw three interceptions on only 20 pass attempts in the first two weeks of the preseason and then sat out the third preseason week because of concerns with the injured offensive line in front of him.

Playing against the San Francisco 49ers' backups Thursday night in a 35-3 loss, Rivers looked very sharp in completing eight of his first nine passes for 89 yards. And then he threw another interception on third-and-forever. That ended his night.

You can't draw much from the fourth week of the preaseason. That won't stop the talk radio stations in San Diego from noting Rivers threw another pick, his fourth in only 30 attempts this month.

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