The San Diego Chargers had an abrupt end to their season last Sunday after a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs knocked them out of playoff contention.
A lot of blame for the loss fell squarely on the shoulders of quarterback Philip Rivers who was sacked seven times, and threw two interceptions, but was also dealing with a bulging disc in his lower back, according to ESPN.
Despite Rivers’ health concerns, and inability to bring the Chargers to a Super Bowl, General Manager Tom Telesco still wants the quarterback in San Diego for the rest of his career.
“We have no concern over his long-term health. He played at a very high level last year and a high level this year.” Telesco said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We are committed to making sure Philip retires as a Charger, and we will address that at the appropriate time.”
At the moment, Rivers, 33, is set to become a free-agent after next season.
Rivers got the Chargers to a 5-1 start to begin the 2014 season, but struggled down the stretch due to injuries to himself, running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Keenan Allen and the offensive line.
The five-time Pro-Bowler is the Chargers all-time leader in career wins (88), most consecutive starts for a quarterback (144) and most passing touchdowns in a single season (34).
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