COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert suffered a fracture in his rib cartilage during Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and day-to-day, coach Brandon Staley said Friday.
“The CT scan confirmed it,” Staley said of Herbert’s diagnosis, adding that it was “good news.”
“We’ll learn a lot on Wednesday about practice and things like that,” Staley said. “Going to take the weekend and start with Monday, Tuesday to learn a lot.”
The Chargers (1-1) have nine days before playing a Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Sophie Stadium.
“It’s just going to come down to rest,” Staley said of Herbert’s ability to return. “It’s such a rotational position, just going to make sure he’s comfortable, and we’re not going to learn more about how he feels until later in the week.”
With 5 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in Thursday night’s play, Chiefs defensive end Mike Dana delivered a hit that left Herbert on the field for an extended period.
Herbert missed a play before returning, and was then promptly crushed between Chiefs pass-rushers Frank Clark and George Karloftis, but he remained in the game.
Staley said there were discussions with the medical staff and Herbert before he returned.
“We have total confidence in each other, and he’s going to tell me, he’s going to show me, and the medical guys are going to tell me if something like this shouldn’t happen,” Staley said.
With 2:11 remaining on the Chargers’ final offensive possession, Herbert began running to his right outside the pocket before throwing a short pass in apparent pain. On the ensuing snap, Herbert completed a 35-yard dart to receiver DeAndre Carter in the middle, and after several plays he completed a 7-yard pass for a touchdown to Joshua Palmer, making it a possession game, 27–24. Gave.
“It’s football and you’ll have moments where you’re feeling like that and it’s just not specific to the quarterback position,” Staley said of Herbert playing through the pain.
Herbert, who won his first two games at Arrowhead Stadium entering Thursday, finished with 334 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown from 99 yards. So that the Chiefs can get their first lead with 10:29 remaining. ,
The Chargers’ offensive line also appears to have escaped serious injury despite center Corey Linsley and right tackle Trey Pipkins leaving the game.
Linsley had a knee injury but “just had an injection to calm it down,” Staley said, adding the All-Pro center should return to practice “at some point next week.”
According to Staley, Pipkins suffered a lateral leg sprain and it is day to day.