Rivers has surgery on torn ACL, will rehab up to 6 months

Updated: January 23, 2008, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had surgery Wednesday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.


The surgery was performed by Dr. David Chao of the team's medical staff. Rivers will rehab for up to six months.

Rivers was hurt in a 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs, but was able to play Sunday in the Chargers' 21-12 loss to undefeated New England in the AFC championship game.

Rivers revealed Monday that he had arthroscopic surgery a day after the Indianapolis game to clean out damaged cartilage. He said that was the only way he was able to play against the Patriots.

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