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It's a girl! Rivers family welcomes eighth child

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and wife Tiffany welcomed their eighth child into the world Wednesday evening, a girl names Clare, the San Diego Chargers announced via Twitter.

With Clare in the fold, the Rivers now have six girls -- Halle, Sarah Catherine, Caroline, Grace and Rebecca -- and two boys, Peter and Gunner.

Rivers and Tiffany began dating in middle school and got married after the 33-year-old signal-caller’s freshman year at North Carolina State.

Mays playing catch-up: Signed this week to add depth at inside linebacker, Joe Mays is getting up to speed with defensive coordinator John Pagano’s schemes.

Mays said he played in a similar system with the Houston Texans in 2013 when Wade Philips was the defensive coordinator. Pagano cut his teeth working as a defensive assistant when Phillip served as the defensive coordinator in San Diego.

The Chargers have only four healthy linebackers in Donald Butler, Kavell Conner, Nick Dzubnar and Mays, so he could see some time on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

“So far, so good,” Mays said. “I think everybody accepted me with open arms, and have been trying to help me since I’ve been here. So it’s been a good start so far. And I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help the team.”

Mays said he knows tackle King Dunlap because the two were in the same 2008 draft class for the Philadelphia Eagles.

And he’s familiar with other San Diego players from competing against them twice a year while playing for the Denver Broncos in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Injury update: Tight end Antonio Gates (knee), safety Eric Weddle (groin) and inside linebackers Manti Te’o (ankle) and Denzel Perryman (arm) did not practice for the second straight day.

Joining them on the sidelines on Thursday were nose tackle Sean Lissemore (hamstring) and guard Chris Hairston (illness).

Running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) and center Chris Watt (concussion, groin) were full participants for the second straight day.