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Philip Rivers played on knee with ACL ‘totally gone’

The Charger QB had surgery today. From The San Diego Union-Tribune-

Philip Rivers’ anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee is “totally gone” and he will have reconstructive surgery soon.

The recovery time for the surgery is not known but Rivers said he definitely will be 100 percent by the start of next season.

Meanwhile, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said his sprained MCL will not require surgery. About four weeks rest should be enough to heal the injury that kept him out of all but the first two offensive series of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

“It’s just time,” Tomlinson said. “It’s not going to require surgery. Most of these injuries, when you have a sprained MCL, it takes four weeks.”

Rivers played the entirety of the Chargers’ 21-12 loss to the New England Patriots with a right knee with no ACL. He revealed Monday he had arthroscopic surgery last Monday to clean out loose cartilage and enable him to play.

Not to minimize Rivers’ bravery(or craziness depending on your POV) while playing hurt, if his ACL was totally gone as described, he wouldn’t have been walking alone playing yesterday.

The Chargers put up a heck of a game yesterday. Imagine if the team would have been healthy. Then imagine if the pathetic 1972 NY Jets defense wasn’t so slow that they allowed a 37-year-old QB named Earl Morrall to scramble for a TD on a run of over 30 yards and the 1972 Dolphins wouldn’t have been undefeated that year either.

Get well Philip. Hope to see you back in uniform to open the 2008 season.

Hat tip- Dan Z at Wizbang Sports

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