Philip Rivers has been retired for just over six months. But already, the former Chargers and Colts quarterback is starting to consider a comeback.
While Rivers acknowledged that he wasn’t planning on returning to the field to start the season, he said that he is “going to stay ready” in case a team needs help at the quarterback spot.
“I’m not quite there,” Rivers said of his conditioning to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m getting back there. I wouldn’t have made weight if I had to report last week, that’s for sure. But I am getting back into the lifting and running, and shoot, I occasionally throw a ball around out here in this heat. It’s not too hard to get a good lather going.
“I’m just going to stay ready. I want to make sure I’m very clear: I’m not predicting I will play in December or January, for that matter. One, you’ve got to have somebody who wants you, and two, it’s got to be right.
“But I have not completely ruled that out.”
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The timing of Rivers’ comments can’t be ignored. The Colts just lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz for five to 12 weeks while he deals with a foot injury. Rivers started for Indianapolis last season and led the team to an 11-5 record while completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The Colts have four other quarterbacks on the roster including Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger and Brett Hundley. However, only Hundley has experience throwing an NFL pass.
So, could Rivers return to the Colts? As intriguing as the idea may be, it doesn’t sound like Rivers is in shape to do so yet. Maybe the Colts will reach out to the 39-year-old veteran if their younger quarterbacks struggle in training camp and the preseason — or if Wentz’s rehab takes longer than anticipated.
For now though, Rivers is just keeping an open mind. No move appears imminent and the first-year coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama will focus on getting his team ready for the upcoming high school season.
Rivers has a 134-106 career record as a starter in 16 years playing for the Chargers and one playing for the Colts. He threw for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns and 209 interceptions during his NFL career.