COSTA MESA, Calif. — Six days away from suffering a fracture to his costal cartilage, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is being considered day by day for a Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday .
“He’s gotten a lot of rest since the last game,” Staley said. “He’s more comfortable. I know he was able to throw in some light yesterday, some rotational work, but we’re just going to take it day by day and see where his comfort level is.”
Herbert threw no passes during the short portion of practice open to reporters on Wednesday. The third-year quarterback watched as backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Easton Stick took reps.
Herbert participated in handing out 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., who are both battling hamstring injuries, also made limited returns to training.
Staley said whether Herbert plays Sunday will be a decision that starts with the quarterback.
“It starts with him and then it’s clear that he feels good about how the medical team feels best, he weighs the options and then we make a good decision,” Staley said.
The Chargers doctor who nurses Herbert’s injury is being sued for medical malpractice by former Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is seeking at least $5 million after suffering a punctured lung in 2020 while being treated for a rib injury, according to copies of the original lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the ESPN-acquired case.
When asked on Wednesday if there was any trepidation about Herbert’s treatment, given the recent history of quarterback care, Staley said player care is paramount.
“Any player who goes through something like that, that’s your biggest responsibility as a coach to take care of your players,” Staley said. “So I think we have full alignment with Justin and his family, his agents and then the medical professionals, and that’s what we’re going to try to have alignment in that way and just trust the process and hopefully get him better soon .”
Herbert sustained the injury in Thursday’s 27-24 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With 5 minutes and 9 seconds left in the game, Chiefs hit defensive end Mike Danna Herbert, leaving the quarterback on the field for a long period.
Herbert returned after missing just one play and was immediately hit again as he was crushed between Chiefs pass-rushers Frank Clark and George Karlaftis. Herbert, however, remained in the game.
In two games, Herbert passed for 613 yards and six touchdowns, with one interception.