But, I'll take a guy with heart like this anyday... I apologize for initiating a thread and not being a "local", but, after reading this today, you've gotta give him his props. Not only did Rivers play on a bum leg, he played w/o an ACL! By Kevin Acee UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER 12:39 p.m. January 21, 2008 Philip Rivers' anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee is â€śtotally goneâ€ť and he will have reconstructive surgery soon. The recovery time for the surgery is not known but Rivers said he definitely will be 100 percent by the start of next season. Meanwhile, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said his sprained MCL will not require surgery. About four weeks rest should be enough to heal the injury that kept him out of all but the first two offensive series of Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Rivers played the entirety of the Chargers' 21-12 loss to the New England Patriots with a right knee with no ACL. He revealed Monday he had arthroscopic surgery last Monday to clean out loose cartilage and enable him to play. The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported Friday that Rivers had injured his ACL, but the extent of the injury was not known until today. Until Sunday night, Rivers and the team said his injury was just a sprained MCL.