Reports: Rivers Has Bulging Disk in Back

Saturday's amazing comeback win is even more impressive for the Chargers as we learn more about the severity of Philip Rivers' injury.

According to a number of reports, the quarterback has a bulging disk in his back and might require surgery in the offseason.

Rumors had been swirling for much of the season about the severity of his injury, especially since Rivers missed his first practice since 2007 last week. But he was able to play on Saturday -- his 143rd straight start, second longest active streak in the NFL -- and led the Bolts from 21 points down to shock the San Francisco 49ers in overtime.

ESPN first reported the story, also saying Rivers had taken epidural injections to reduce swelling.

Rivers is expected to finish the season, which concludes Sunday as the Chargers travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. if they win that, they will qualify for the playoffs for the second straight year and play the following week.

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