Volek to Get Plenty of Snaps Sunday vs Redskins

Billy Volek has been sent into games three times this year to mop up for Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers, mostly to take a knee and run out the clock. “It’s crushing my rushing stats,” Volek joked Friday. “Every time I put my knee down it’s negative yardage.”

Sure enough, he has eight rushes for a total of minus-8 yards. He also has one completion for 15 yards, giving him a nifty passer rating of 118.8. Volek is expected to get his most extensive playing time in two years when the red-hot Chargers host the Washington Redskins in a meaningless regular-season finale Sunday.

The AFC West champion Chargers (12-3), who have won 10 straight games, have nothing to gain except to avoid any more injuries. They’ve already clinched the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye.

Coach Norv Turner said Rivers will start and then make way for Volek at some point.

“I want to see Billy get some good opportunities,” Turner said.

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