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Philip Rivers says it's not time to panic

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers was one of several veteran players to take a rest day in the final practice for the San Diego Chargers during the bye week.

The Chargers had a light, 45-minute practice on Wednesday. Afterwards, players quickly packed their bags so they can head back home, or to exotic locales to get some rest and relaxation.

Rivers said that he'll spend time with family here in the San Diego area.

As far his team's three-game losing streak, the always-optimistic Rivers believes his team will bounce back during the second half of the season.

"We'll find out what we are made of," he said. "We've been in these situations over the last eight years plenty of times and we always fought with the character and toughness and the desire and heart that we thought we had.

"It's no time to panic at all. We're 5-4, and we're right there in the pack of a lot of teams. And although we're not at the top of that pack, I know we're in a big pack. And we've got seven to go, and we'll play them one at a time. It's starts with Oakland, and that's the only one we can control."

Along with Rivers, other veteran players taking a rest day include Dwight Freeney, Jarret Johnson, King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Eric Weddle and Eddie Royal.

Other players who did not practice include Brandon Flowers, Jason Verrett, Jahleel Addae, Rich Ohrnberger, Manti Te'o, Sean Lissemore and Melvin Ingram.

Safety Adrian Phillips was added back to the practice squad this week. New defensive end Damion Square is wearing No. 71.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy talked with rookies and other new players to the NFL about how to handle being back at home or on vacation during the bye week. McCoy's message was simple: Don't be that guy.

"Every year, there's always some rookie or young player during the bye week doing something stupid back at their college," offensive lineman Chris Watt said. "So now that we're going back to a different situation, people who are going back to their school, more people know who you are now and want a piece of you.

"So don't be that guy, is basically what he said."