NFL Notes: Chargers, Redskins, Texans, Vikings



  • QB Philip Rivers did injure his throwing hand during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, but that wasn’t the reason he was removed from the game. (Michael Gehlken)
  • The Chargers reportedly have no long-term concerns regarding Rivers’ hand. (Michael Gehlken)
  • RB Ryan Mathews could return for Week 12’s game against the Raiders. (Matt Calkins)
  • Mathews is “almost assured to take over as the team’s top RB” upon returning. (Matt Calkins)


  • TE Logan Paulsen left Sunday’s game due to plantar fasciitis, but he later returned. (Mike Jones)
  • Ryan Clark aggravated the ankle sprain he’s been dealing with in recent weeks, but he also returned to Sunday’s game. (Mike Jones)


Backup QB Ryan Mallett posted a tweet this morning saying that he’s ready to “seize the opportunity” when the times comes, but later deleted the post.

“I’m staying focused for when the time comes,” Mallett tweeted, via the Houston Chronicle. “Seize the opportunity #justwaiting

This comes just a day after HC Bill O’Brien mentioned that they will evaluate all positions including their starting quarterback.

It would be a mistake to read too much into this tweet, but this is something to keep an eye on in the coming days.


  • TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) said he’s hoping to be back for Week 11’s game against the Bears.

“I’ve got to get myself in football shape,” Rudolph said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I’m going to do everything I can to get out there then.”

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