Chargers QB Philip Rivers to play Thursday

It’s safe this week for Philip Rivers to knock off some late preseason rust in a final tune-up before the start of the regular season.

U-T San Diego is reporting that Chargers coach Norv Turner said Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates will play some Thursday night at San Francisco. Usually, starters play extensively in the third preseason and little if at all in the final preseason game.

However, Rivers and Gates were held out of Friday's Minnesota game. The Chargers were without three starting offensive linemen, so keeping Rivers out was the smart move. Getting him some work against the 49ers is also the smart move, because it would not be wise for Rivers to face Oakland on Sept. 10 without the benefit of playing for three-plus weeks.

In other AFC West news:

  • U-T San Diego confirmed receiver/kick returner Roscoe Parrish has been cut. It’s not a surprise Parrish was outplayed by fellow newcomer receiver/returner Michael Spurlock. He should make the team.

  • Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers is still not practicing because of a foot injury he suffered July 31. With the regular season starting in 13 days, it is safe to say Flowers is in jeopardy of missing the opener against the pass-happy Falcons.

  • Buffalo released quarterback Vince Young. While none of the backup quarterback situations in the AFC West are great, I don’t see any of the teams in the division running to sign Young.

  • Warring Raiders’ fans, you may not like this story.