Chargers Herbert Day to Day with Fractured Rib Cartilage

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has fractured rib cartilage after taking a hit during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Brandon Staley said Friday morning’s CT scan confirmed the injury. Staley said the third-year quarterback is day-to-day and his position will be re-evaluated on Monday. The Chargers (1-1) will not return to the practice area until Wednesday, when they begin preparations to host Jacksonville on Sept. 25.

“I think we’ve got good news in terms of what’s shown in the CT scan. You don’t want this to be a bone fracture. So the fact that it was cartilage was a good sign,” Staley said. “It’s going to come down to ease. Let the weekend calm down and then when we get into game week we’ll have a better idea of ​​how he’s feeling.”

Herbert completed 33 of 48 passes for 334 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He missed only one play after taking a hard hit from Kansas City defensive lineman Michael Dana with five minutes to go to Gerald Everett on his 12-yard completion.

Herbert was 7 for 11 for 79 yards after injury, despite a game where he was in physical discomfort and threw the ball to third and -1 when he could run for the first time. That segment included a fourth-down bullet to DeAndre Carter for 35 yards for the Kansas City 8-yard line and then joining Joshua Palmer on the fourth and goal for the 7-yard TD.

“No one cares about Justin more than I do. It’s a tough game, and as long as he feels like he can go into that moment, then we’re gonna roll with that,” Staley said. I think he did a good job of protecting himself. I think what you saw is that he is a really smart player. He’s not going to risk himself in that moment, he’s not going to take another hit more than he needs to. ,

If Herbert can’t go, Chase Daniels will be in line to start. The 13-year veteran has made six career starts, most recently for the Chicago Bears in 2019.

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