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Rivers Gives His Take on the Ongoing Lockout

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers made a rare public appearance Saturday and was compelled in a Q&A with the gathered crowd to do something he’s been loath to do in the past two months – speak directly about the lockout.

The Chargers quarterback echoed what teammates have said — that NFL players, by and large, are not entirely clued in to what is happening in their labor battle with owners.

“We don’t know anything,” Rivers told the crowd. “I’m just waiting for them to tell us when to go back to work.”

Rivers worked out at Chargers headquarters the day the lockout was lifted and even organized workouts away from the facility in March. As many as two dozen Chargers have showed up for those sessions, which are held four days a week, and Rivers and others have called the workouts highly productive. Several other players are working out on their own or in smaller groups at various locales around the county.

“Now if this thing carries on to training camp, it’ll be a little weird not having had the offseason but yet be that close to playing a game,” he said.

“It’s been quite a different offseason, to say the least,” Rivers said before taking the stage. “… We’ve managed it the best we can. I think it’s still early. I’ve said that a bunch the last few months, but it is still early. But as we get into May and June, football stuff will need to pick up, and we have a plan in place to make that happen.”

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