Should quarterback Carson Wentz miss an extended amount of time, the Colts may have a familiar face ready and willing to keep his spot warm. Last year’s starter in Indianapolis, Philip Rivers, is hinting at a possible return to the field.
Spent the first half of the day with Philip Rivers who assures me that, while he's focused on coaching high school football now, he isn't closing the door on coming back for a stint late in the season if there's an NFL team that needs him.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) August 3, 2021
In a conversation with Sam Farmer of the LA Times, Rivers, 39, who retired in January, sounded like he’s not ready to hang the cleats up for good: “I’m not quite there. I’m getting back there. I wouldn’t have made weight if I had to report last week, that’s for sure. But I am getting back into the lifting and running, and shoot, I occasionally throw a ball around out here in this heat. It’s not too hard to get a good lather going.”
Currently coaching high school football in Alabama, Rivers could trade in a headset for a helmet if the right opportunity presents itself: “I’m just going to stay ready. I want to make sure I’m very clear: I’m not predicting I will play in December or January, for that matter. One, you’ve got to have somebody who wants you, and two, it’s got to be right.”
“But I have not completely ruled that out,” added Rivers.
He may not have to wait until winter for opportunity to come knocking. Colts starter Carson Wentz underwent foot surgery and could miss as many as 12 weeks. His injury has led to speculation that the Colts may gauge Rivers’ interest in a return.
In his lone season with Indy, Rivers threw for 24 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards, leading the Colts to the postseason. If ever there were a perfect situation to put his brief retirement on hold, this may be the one.
Oh yeah, Rivers also has nine kids. So after spending more time than ever at home, he may want a little “me time” in Indianapolis.