Philip Rivers has been retired for just over six months. But already, the former Chargers and Colts quarterback is beginning to consider a comeback.
While Rivers acknowledged that he did not plan to return to the field to start the season, he said he will “stay ready” should a team need help at quarterback.
“I’m not quite there,” Rivers said of his conditioning at Los Angeles Times. “I’m going back there. I wouldn’t have gained weight if I had to report last week, that’s for sure. But I’m getting back to lifting and running, and shooting, every once in a while I throw a ball around here in this heat. It’s not very difficult to make a good lather.
“I’m just going to be ready. I want to make sure I’m very clear: I’m not predicting that I’ll play in December or January, for that matter. One, you have to have someone who loves you and two, it has to be okay.
“But I haven’t completely ruled it out.”
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The timing of Rivers’ comments cannot be ignored. The Colts just lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz for five to 12 weeks while dealing 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 is, it doesn’t look like Rivers is in a position to do it just yet. The Colts may move closer to the 39-year-old veteran if their younger quarterbacks struggle in training camp and preseason, or if Wentz’s rehab takes longer than anticipated.
For now, though, Rivers is just open-minded. No move seems imminent and the freshman coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama will focus on preparing his team for the upcoming high school season.
Rivers is 134-106 in his starting career 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.