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NFL World Reacts To The Philip Rivers Speculation

Philip Rivers throws the ball for the Colts.

Philip Rivers throws the ball for the Colts.

The New Orleans Saints have lost Jameis Winston for the season. The starting quarterback suffered a torn ACL and MCL damage during Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For now, the Saints will stick with what they have at the quarterback position. New Orleans rode Trevor Siemian to the win on Sunday and is expected to get Taysom Hill back soon.

However, it’s possible the Saints will look to make an outside addition down the line. New Orleans has a playoff-caliber defense and, at 5-2, remains in the thick of the postseason hunt. If Siemian and Hill both struggle, Sean Payton could be motivated to make a move.

Enter, Philip Rivers?

The longtime NFL quarterback is retired, but ESPN insider Chris Mortensen mentioned Rivers as a potential candidate for the Saints on SportsCenter Monday afternoon.

Mortensen wasn’t the only one, either.

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Joel Embiid, Doc Rivers don’t sound confident in Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons had a chance to redeem himself on Sunday at the end of a series noted for his offensive stagnation.

He did not.

The Philadelphia 76ers point guard posted his fourth single-digit scoring effort of the Eastern Conference semifinals and again not only looked unable to shoot the ball, but unwilling. His five-point, 13-assist, eight-rebound effort arrived as the Atlanta Hawks completed a stunning upset in seven games to topple the top-seeded 76ers and advance to the conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. 

While Simmons’ box score met the usual criteria cited by advocates who point to his defense, playmaking and rebounding as more than enough to overcome his shooting woes, the fact remains. Simmons is an All-Star guard who often can’t and frequently won’t shoot from the perimeter — and sometimes elsewhere. 

Doc Rivers doesn’t know if Ben Simmons can lead a championship team

With another disappointing early

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ESPN Father’s Day feature to spotlight relationship between Spokane’s Steve Gleason, son Rivers

A Father’s Day special from ESPN’s “SportsCenter Featured” program should be appointment viewing for graduates of Washington State and Gonzaga Prep, and residents of Spokane and the greater Inland Northwest.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2 will air the segment “A Father’s Resilience,” highlighting the relationship between former G-Prep, WSU and New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason and his family.

Gleason and his wife Michel Rae Varisco learned they were pregnant with their first child, Rivers, just six weeks after the Spokane native was diagnosed with ALS. According to a tweet from ESPN, Gleason will be getting “a special Father’s Day surprise from his son” in the nationally televised feature.

“Dad, I think you’re a great leader and you teach us to be resilient in hard times,” Rivers is quoted as saying in 47-second trailer posted on Twitter.

From the day his son was conceived, Gleason habitually kept video journals

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