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Colts make Philip Rivers decision after ‘dramatic’ message

Philip Rivers is looking like a $25 million Colts mistake.

The veteran quarterback threw two interceptions in a Week 5 loss to the Browns, as it’s clear the 38-year-old has struggled to find his groove with the Colts and click with the team’s best receiver, T.Y. Hilton.

But for now, the Colts won’t send Rivers to the bench.

“No consideration of [replacing Rivers with Jacoby Brissett],” Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich told reporters. “Philip is our quarterback.”

Rivers didn’t throw a touchdown and one of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown by Ronnie Harrison.

“We just haven’t executed well enough,” said Rivers, who has thrown five interceptions this season. “If we knew the exact answer, we would have already solved it.”

Head coach Frank Reich surprised many when he said after the Sunday loss that Rivers is “playing really good worries” and that the eight-time Pro Bowler was the “least of my worries.”

On Monday, the head coach backpedaled.

“I admit that the statement I made was dramatic and probably overdone,” he said. “My apologies for that statement. Not the best statement.”

Rivers has thrown for 60,498 yards, 401 touchdowns, 203 interceptions and completed 64.8 percent of his passes through just over 16 seasons in the NFL.

His struggles began long before signed with the Colts last offseason. In Rivers’ final season with the Chargers, he threw for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in addition to eight fumbles. His 28 turnovers since the beginning of 2019 ranks third-most in the NFL behind Jameis Winston (35) and Daniel Jones (31), per ESPN.

The turnover-laden season prompted the split with the Chargers, who had selected him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft from North Carolina State.

Rivers signed a one-year, $25 million contract with the Colts in March amid the quarterback free-agency shuffle as Indianapolis attempted to fill the void left by Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement days before the start of the 2019 season.

“My trust at the end of the day is who he is,” Reich said. “This guy is a Hall of Fame QB. I have the utmost confidence and belief in him, Our team has the utmost confidence and belief in him. You’ve got to live with some mistakes but the good is going to far outweigh the one or two bad things that are going to happen.”

Next on the QB depth chart is Brissett, who started all of last season for the Colts. The backup isn’t an extremely appealing option, as the Colts ranked 30th in passing last season with Brissett — who threw for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 starts — under center.

The Colts (3-2) will face off against the Bengals (1-3-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Indianapolis.

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