- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

Quarterback Philip Rivers signed a six-year contract extension Monday with the San Diego Chargers worth $93 million with $38 million guaranteed. The deal goes through 2015.

Rivers is coming off his best pro season, when he set a team record for touchdown passes with a league-high 34. He also led the NFL with a quarterback rating of 105.5, another team record.

“This is a great day for the Chargers and Chargers fans,” Chargers president Dean Spanos said. “Philip has proven he has all of the necessary qualities to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. He’s a proven winner and an unquestioned leader for this football team.”

EAGLES: Michael Vick’s teammates said the quarterback looks ready to play when Philadelphia hosts Jacksonville on Thursday.

Coach Andy Reid probably will make a decision Tuesday on whether Vick will make his Eagles debut in an exhibition home game against the Jaguars.

In other Eagles news, offensive lineman Shawn Andrews said his injured back is improving and he expects to play the team’s season opener. Andrews, who underwent back surgery last season, hasn’t practiced since the first day of training camp when he reinjured his back.

BURRESS: Plaxico Burress said in a television interview that security staff knew he was carrying a gun upon entering a Manhattan nightclub where he later accidentally shot himself in the thigh.

In an excerpt of an ESPN interview broadcast Monday night, Burress said the gun fired after he missed a step walking up stairs. The gun began to slide down his pant leg, and Burress said he reached to stop it from hitting the ground when he accidentally pulled the trigger through his pants.

VIKINGS: Minnesota coach Brad Childress said he expects quarterback Brett Favre to play the entire first half in the team’s next exhibition game at Houston.

Favre was signed last Tuesday, so he missed the first preseason game against Indianapolis. He played two series against Kansas City on Friday night. The 39-year-old Favre went 1-for-4 for 4 yards and did not lead the offense to a first down.

BENGALS: Carson Palmer is expected to miss another preseason game because of a sprained left ankle, leaving the Cincinnati quarterback with little playing time before the season opener.

49ERS: Shaun Hill will start at quarterback for the season opener at Arizona on Sept. 13 after beating out Alex Smith for the job.

SEAHAWKS: Running back Edgerrin James agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle, according to a report on ProFootballTalk.com. The Web site reported the deal is worth $2 million.

CARDINALS: Second-round draft pick Cody Brown is out for the season with a dislocated left wrist. The linebacker from Connecticut, the 63rd overall pick, was injured in the Cardinals’ 17-6 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night.

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