Rivers expecting his seventh child soon

SAN DIEGO -- If Philip Rivers' wife, Tiffany, goes into labor over the weekend while he's in Jacksonville for San Diego's game against the Jaguars, he has a 21st-century solution to connect him with his spouse.

"FaceTime, I reckon," he said, when asked what his contingency plan was. "Once in Jacksonville, I'm in Jacksonville, if that's what your question is."

Rivers was asked if he has an iPhone.

"I have an iPad," he said. "An even bigger screen, and a better view."

The couple are expecting their seventh child any day now.

A devout Catholic, Rivers and his entire family traveled to Italy during the offseason. There, the group visited the Vatican, where youngest son Peter was blessed by Pope Francis.

Rivers has a portrait of his family prominently displayed in his locker at the team's facility. Rivers and his wife have four girls and two boys. At times after games you'll see Rivers playing catch with oldest son Gunner out on the natural grass of Qualcomm Field.

Rivers has said once his playing career is over, he intends to follow in his father's footsteps and become a high school football coach in his native Alabama.

Notes: For a second straight day, starting middle linebacker Donald Butler did not practice. Butler missed last week's game against Indianapolis with a groin issue. Also not practicing Thursday for San Diego were offensive lineman Chad Rinehart (toe) and receiver Eddie Royal (toe).

Starting right guard Jeromey Clary was a full participant Thursday after not practicing the day before. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (hamstring) was a limited participant for a second straight day.

Full participants includes running back Ronnie Brown (ankle), starting right tackle D.J. Fluker (calf), defensive end Corey Liuget (shoulder), cornerback Richard Marshall (groin) and cornerback Johnny Patrick (chest).