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Monday, December 16, 2013
Chargers focused on what they can control

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers admitted to rooting for the New England Patriots this weekend.

“It’s certainly one of the few times I ever have,” River said.

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But the San Diego Chargers did not get the result they wanted, with the Patriots losing at Miami over the weekend. Still, Rivers understands his team can’t get caught watching the scoreboard as they fight for an AFC wild-card spot.

“What’s most important for our team is just to focus on trying to win another division game and see if we can get to 8-7,” Rivers said. “I think worrying about anything more than that doesn’t help you at all. Worry about anything more than that would be silly, really, because we can only control our end.”

Running back Ryan Mathews, receiver Eddie Royal, safety Eric Weddle and defensive back Johnny Patrick did not take the field during an hour-long practice for the Chargers.

Monday was a bonus workout day, as San Diego coach Mike McCoy gets his team prepared for the final two weeks of the season.

Mathews has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, while Royal has had a toe injury limit his work in practice for the past two months.

Patrick missed last week’s game against Denver because of an ankle injury. And Weddle’s missed practice was a rest day.

“It’s huge for this team,” Weddle said about the extra rest. “It’s very rare that you get an extra bye week this late in the season to kind of rejuvenate yourself, and get those injuries that you’ve had bothering you, get them healed up for the last couple games.”

Weddle was asked how much he and his teammates worry about the loss of earlier games this season against teams like Tennessee, Houston and Washington -- wins that would have put them in better position to make the playoffs.

“We can lament and kick ourselves for those losses,” Weddle said. “Or we can worry about what we can control, and that’s two games left in the season. I really don’t care what happened in the previous 14 games because they’re gone, and I’m focused on the Raiders. And that’s what this whole team is focused on -- trying to build on what we’ve done the last couple weeks and finish the season strong.”