COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Justin Herbert was mostly a bystander Wednesday as the Los Angeles Chargers went through their first practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Herbert threw a few passes to the running backs but did not make a single throw during the portion of practice open to the media. Herbert suffered a fractured rib cartilage on a hit in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert took a slight hit Tuesday, but the third-year linebacker’s status remains day-to-day. Herbert was one of three players listed as a limited participant on the team’s practice report.
“He rested a lot after the last game, but I think the nature of the week is really going to be case-by-case, day-by-day,” Staley said. “We’re just going to see what his comfort level is and really trust him and let him be a guide to where we’re at and make sure we’re ready either way.”
Herbert missed just one play after a hard hit by Kansas City linebacker Michael Danna on Gerald Everett’s 12-yard punt with five minutes remaining. After the injury, he led the Chargers (1-1) with a nine-game, 73-yard touchdown streak.
Herbert will wear a rib protector but may also receive an injection to manage the pain. It didn’t go well with the Chargers quarterback last time.
In 2020, Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury in the Chargers’ opening win at Cincinnati. Then the team doctor punctured Taylor’s lung while giving him a painkiller injection before the game against Kansas City. Taylor went to the hospital and Herbert found out he was making his first NFL start less than a minute before kickoff.
Taylor did not file a complaint through the NFL Players Association, but did sue team doctor David Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. The lawsuit, which seeks at least $5 million in damages, was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021. The trial was supposed to begin in November, but it was postponed to June of the following year.
Herbert made 34 consecutive starts in the regular season, seventh among active defenders.
“I think we have full agreement with Justin, his family, his agents and his medical staff. That’s what we’re going to do, get that agreement and trust the process, and hopefully he’ll get better soon. Staley said.
Chase Daniel would be the starter if Herbert couldn’t go. The 13-year veteran has six career starts, the last coming in 2019 with the Chicago Bears.
“My approach (to training or preparing during the week) never changes no matter what’s going on. I think that’s what suits me so well,” said Daniel.
Easton Stick is a third-string QB, but has only taken two regular-season snaps in three-plus seasons.
Herbert isn’t the only forward dealing with an injury. Center Corey Linsley (knee) did not practice, while wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and right tackle Trey Pipkins (foot) were limited.
Starting cornerback JC Jackson (knee) also did not practice, and backup tight end Donald Parham (hamstring) was listed as limited.
The Jaguars (1-1) were the first team Herbert beat as a starting QB. He threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a score as the Chargers won the 2020 opener 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak.
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