Chargers name Brees starting QB

Sept. 6, 2004 at 9:20 PM

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The San Diego Chargers Monday named Drew Brees as the team's starting quarterback for their regular-season opener on September 12 against Houston.

The move was expected after Brees had a strong preseason and first-round draft pick Philip Rivers missed 29 practices and two exhibition games because of a holdout.

Rivers' holdout caused him to be named the third-string quarterback behind 41-year-old Doug Flutie.

Brees, the Chargers' opening day starter the past two years, completed 31- of-45 passes for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in four preseason games. In 15 total series, he led the Chargers to five touchdowns and a field goal.

Last year, Brees was benched for five games and pulled from others. He ended the season 205-of-356 for 2,108 yards with 11 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.

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