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Monday, July 28, 2008
Rivers feels no pain


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

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SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers went to bed Sunday night thinking that if his surgically repaired right knee was ever going give him trouble it could be in the morning.

Even though the San Diego quarterback has had virtually no complications in his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs in January, he thought this could be the time. After all, he had just participated in three days of grueling training camp practices and he did some heavy weight work Sunday with his legs. Squats will test even the sturdiest of knees.

Rivers woke up Monday, opened his eyes and moved around. No pain.

"Nothing," Rivers said. "Everything was normal."

Rivers does not think about his injured knee much. He said this weekend's pain-free exertion made him realize he is doing the best thing by not thinking of it.

"If I didn't go put on the brace every day, I'd totally forget about it," Rivers said. "I'm out there running around and I feel fine. It's no issue. The only reason why I know it is there is because it happened. And that's it."

Rivers turned the corner in his rehabilitation when he participated in the team's early May minicamp less than four months after being injured. From that point on, it was clear Rivers would be full steam ahead for the season.

"It feels great, it really does," Rivers said. "It won't be a problem."

Meanwhile, Rivers said he will reserve comment on the Brett Favre situation until it is resolved. Rivers said that Favre remains one of his favorite players of all-time and he is following the situation.