After not practicing on Friday, Justin Herbert is considered questionable for Sunday’s Chargers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium.
Coach Brandon Staley said the team’s plan for this week is to rest Herbert on Friday after training in limited capacity the day before.
Herbert, who is dealing with fractured rib cartilage, threw passes during the media viewing portion of practice on Thursday.
The Chargers will likely wait until Herbert practices Sunday before making a final decision on his status.
“I’m sure that’s probably the plan, just to see how it feels on Sunday,” Herbert said. “There’s a lot in there. We’re going to just relax for the next few days – relax, rest and make sure I’m at my best by Sunday.”
If Herbert isn’t available, Chase Daniel, the experienced backup, will start, Staley said.
The Chargers will likely be without center Corey Linsley (knee) and cornerback JC Jackson (ankle). Both Pro Bowl players are listed as doubtful.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstrings), right starting tackle Trey Pipkins III (foot) and backup tight end Donald Parham Jr. (hamstrings) are questionable.
Linsley missed the second half of the Chargers’ previous game — on September 15 in Kansas City.
Staley said the plan regarding Linsley was “to really try to give him as much rest as possible. He’s a guy you can afford to rest based on his experience. They rely on the games played and the time for the task.”
Jackson missed the Chargers’ season opener but then played all 57 defensive snaps against the Chiefs. After the game, Jackson said he felt fine and had no problems with his ankle. But he didn’t train this week.
“We just want to make sure that this guy has long-term viability,” Staley said. “As you saw him out there, there was no setback per se. That’s not what’s happening. We only think long-term with him and make sure he builds up for a full season.”
Allen was injured in the Chargers’ Week 1 win over Las Vegas. He did not travel to Kansas City. Staley called Allen’s odds of playing Sunday “50-50.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2022-09-23/justin-herbert-misses-chargers-practice-rib-cartilage-injury Justin Herbert misses Chargers practice but maybe not game