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Rivers and Gates Won’t Play Friday vs Vikings

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates will not play Friday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Bair of the North County Times reports.

The decision came down late Thursday night, after coach Norv Turner spent consecutive media sessions saying he was confident that a makeshift offensive line minus three starters would be able to protect his starting quarterback.

He left the possibility to sit Rivers open in media interviews, but made the decision while outlining playing time on the eve of the team’s third preseason game.

“Charlie (Whitehurst) is going to start, and I’m anxious to watch him in a starting role,” Turner told the team web site late Thursday night. “It’s something we may be in the position during the regular season that we have to do that, and it’s a good experience for him.”

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