KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twenty minutes after the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert walked out of the locker room with medical staff and — with a look of unease on his face — headed to the x-ray room.
With 5-09 left in Thursday night’s 27-24 loss, Herbert received a hit from Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna that left him on the field for an extended period. He missed a game before returning, then was immediately knocked down between Chiefs pass rushers Frank Clark and George Karlaftis, but stayed in the game.
Herbert did not speak to reporters afterwards. A Chargers spokesman said he was unavailable, citing a rib injury.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley initially downplayed any possible injury, saying, “It was just a tough NFL game and he took some big hits.”
When asked if he was worried about Herbert, Staley said, “No. Because he’s Justin Herbert.”
But Staley later said the Chargers are likely to learn more about the nature of Herbert’s injury on Friday.
Herbert, who had won his first two games at Arrowhead Stadium, finished with 334 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he also threw an interception that was thrown back 99 yards for a touchdown, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the night and energizing a packed quantity.
The Chiefs fired Herbert twice and recorded seven quarterback hits.
The Chargers offensive line also suffered multiple injuries Thursday night.
Center Corey Linsley did not return after halftime with a knee injury, and right tackle Trey Pipkins was sidelined in the second half with an ankle injury.
“I think Corey has a knee problem. I just spoke to him, he seemed fine but we’ll know tomorrow,” Staley said of Linsley, a ninth-year player and an All-Pro.
Staley said he didn’t know the severity of Pipkins’ injury.
Backup Will Clapp took over in Linsley’s absence, and Storm Norton, who lost the starting camp job to Pipkins, was brought on at right tackle.
With the loss, the Chargers fall 1-1 at AFC West.
They will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 at SoFi Stadium.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34601788/los-angeles-chargers-justin-herbert-suffers-rib-injury-loss-kansas-city-chiefs-undergoes-x-rays Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert suffers rib injury in loss to Kansas City Chiefs, undergoes X-rays