Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert day-to-day with fracture to rib cartilage

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert suffered a fractured rib cartilage in Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and is up by the day, coach Brandon Staley said Friday.

“The CT scan confirmed that,” Staley said of Herbert’s diagnosis, adding that it was “good news.”

“We’re going to know a lot more about practice and things like that on Wednesday,” Staley said. “I’ll take the weekend and start Monday, Tuesday to learn a lot more.”

The Chargers (1-1) have nine days before playing a Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at SoFi Stadium.

“It’s just a matter of consolation,” Staley said of Herbert’s ability to return. “It’s such a rotational position, we just have to make sure he’s comfortable and we won’t hear more about how he’s feeling until later in the week.”

With 5 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in Thursday night’s game, Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna delivered a hit that left Herbert on the field for an extended period.

Herbert missed a play before returning and was then immediately knocked down between Chiefs pass rushers Frank Clark and George Karlaftis, but he stayed in the game.

Staley said there was a meeting with the medical staff and Herbert before his return.

“We have complete trust in each other and he’s going to tell me, he’s going to show me, and the medics are going to tell me if this isn’t something that should be happening,” Staley said.

On the Chargers’ last offensive possession with 2:11 remaining, Herbert began running to his right outside of the pocket before throwing away a short pass in apparent pain. On the snap that followed, Herbert completed a 35-yard dart over the middle to receiver DeAndre Carter, and a few games later he completed a 7-yard pass to Joshua Palmer for a touchdown to make it a one-possession game, 27 -24

“It’s football and there are going to be some moments where you feel that way, and it’s not just limited to the quarterback position,” Staley said of Herbert playing despite the pain.

Herbert, who won his first two games at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday, finished with a 334-yard pass and three touchdowns, but he also threw an interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs their first 10-29 lead to obtain remain .

The Chargers’ offensive line also appears to have avoided serious injuries, although center Corey Linsley and right tackle Trey Pipkins left the game.

Linsley suffered a knee injury but “just had to get an injection to calm her down,” Staley said, adding that the All-Pro center should be back in training “sometime next week.”

Pipkins suffered a lateral ankle sprain and is on day-to-day basis, according to Staley.

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Emma Bowman

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