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Chargers QB Rivers probable, Mathews & Allen out

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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, but running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Keenan Allen will not.

Rivers, dealing with a back and rib injury, is listed as probable. He missed practice Wednesday for the first time since 2007, but he was back Thursday and Friday.

Mathews (ankle) and Allen (collarbone, ankle) are listed as out.

Mathews missed seven games earlier in the season with a sprained knee. He suffered an ankle injury Dec. 7 and is expected to sit out the remainder of the regular season.

Allen was ruled out earlier in the week.

Defensive end Corey Liuget (ankle) and tight end Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) are listed as questionable. Both practiced Friday.

The Chargers (8-6) are a game behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC wild-card race, tied with Kansas City and Buffalo.


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