COSTA MESA, Calif. — Six days after fracturing his rib cartilage, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is considered day-to-day ahead of a Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.
“He’s recovered a lot since the last game,” Staley said. “He’s feeling better. I know yesterday he was able to do light throwing, some rotation work, but we’ll just take it day by day and see how his comfort level is.”
Herbert didn’t throw any passes during the brief portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday. The third-year quarterback watched backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Easton Stick make re-throws.
Herbert participated in passing balls to running backs and was listed as a restricted participant on the Chargers’ injury report.
Receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Donald Parham Jr., both struggling with hamstring injuries, also made limited returns to practice.
Staley said whether Herbert plays Sunday is a decision that starts with the quarterback.
“It’s going to start with him obviously feeling good, which the medical team thinks is best, that he weighs the options and then we make a good decision,” Staley said.
The Chargers doctor treating Herbert’s injury is being sued for medical malpractice by former Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who, according to copies of the original, is seeking at least $5 million after suffering a rib injury in 2020 while treating a rib injury Lung puncture has suffered lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the case received by ESPN.
When asked Wednesday if there were concerns about Herbert’s treatment given the recent history of quarterback care, Staley said player care is of the utmost importance.
“Any player that goes through something like that, your biggest responsibility as a coach is to look after their players,” Staley said. “I think we have a complete alignment with Justin and his family, his agents and then the medical professionals and that’s what we’re going to try to achieve alignment in that way and just trust the process and hopefully get it going well soon. “
Herbert suffered the injury last Thursday in the 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
With 5 minutes and 9 seconds left, Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna hit Herbert, leaving the quarterback on the field for an extended time.
Herbert returned after missing just one play and was immediately hit again when he was crushed between Chiefs pass rushers Frank Clark and George Karlaftis. Herbert, on the other hand, stayed in the game.
In two games, Herbert has passed for 613 yards and six touchdowns with one interception.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34638383/qb-justin-herbert-day-day-feeling-more-comfortable-says-los-angeles-chargers-coach-brandon-staley QB Justin Herbert day-to-day, ‘feeling more comfortable,’ says Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley