Justin Herbert Injury Update: Worrisome News Emerges For Chargers Moments Ahead of Week 3 Matchup Against Jaguars

Published 09/25/2022, 12:29 PM EDT
Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) reacts after being hit by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna (51) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

In the riveting matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert sustained an injury to his rib cage. Therefore, big concerns regarding his availability for the matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars rise. And now, the game maker has a huge decision to make ahead of the pre-game warmups.

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The 24-year-old signal-caller suffered a serious hit in the fourth quarter against the Chiefs. The defensive end, Mike Danna, launched at him on his left side. After the shot down, fans saw him lie down for several minutes. He clutched his left side while the game cut to a commercial break.

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Even though his condition looked concerning, he only missed one play. Chase Daniel relieved Herbet and supported the running back Sony Michel before he re-entered the game again. Although the QB was back, his stance was wobbly. However, he could throw a 35-yard throw to the receiver, DeAndre Carter, which proved to be a touchdown.

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The Los Angeles Chargers QB has a rib cartilage fracture and was ruled questionable. The decision will be his to decide whether the athlete wants to take a painkilling injection in his fractured rib cartilage. It will help Herbert to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Will the Chargers unleash Justin Herbert against the Jaguars?

According to Adam Schefter, “Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert is expected to make a decision during pregame warm-ups about whether to take a pain-killing injection in his fractured rib cartilage to try and play vs the Jaguars, per sources.”

While just moments ahead of the matchup Ian Rapoport reported, Chargers QB Justin Herbert’s decision on playing is about functionality — How close to his usual level can he get & can he play the way he’s accustomed to playing? Herbert took a pain-killing shot before Thursday’s practice and it helped some. He would again today if necessary.

After an electrifying display of athleticism against the Chiefs, the young prodigy has kept the Chargers fans hanging in desperation. Though he was not successful to seal a win against Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs despite putting on a show, many believe his best performances are yet to come. Which starts by winning against the Jaguars.

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 Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes

The young prodigy has expressed his wish to play against the Jaguars. But the decision was always in flux throughout the week. The Chargers could not dominate over the Kansas City Chiefs and gave them a 27-24 win. Herbert completed 33 of 48 passes for 334 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and an expensive pick-six to conclude the game.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers is hit by Mike Danna #51 of the Kansas City Chiefs as he throws the ball during the fourth quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Herbert is definitely a long-running asset to the franchise, as he has shown his capabilities in many ways. Last season, he completed 65.9% of his passes while completing 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. His phenomenal stats helped him earn his first Pro Bowl selection only after playing for two seasons. And also, he received the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2020.

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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.

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