Chargers limit Justin Herbert’s practice, injury update, but pain is inevitable


Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throws during the second half.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert continued to throw the ball in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs despite injuring his rib cartilage. (Ed Zorga/The Associated Press)

Justin Herbert’s final pass on Thursday was a seven-yard touchdown for Joshua Palmer.

This remained the latest throw any team outsider had seen Wednesday after a portion of the Chargers’ practice was open to the media.

Herbert did some stretching and warm-ups but limited his participation to deliveries as he deals with a meniscus fracture he suffered Thursday against Kansas City.

Only the first 20 minutes or so of training was available for media viewing.

Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert did some “light throwing” and “rotational work” Tuesday at the team’s training facility. Staley continued to call Herbert “day by day” with the Chargers to play Jacksonville on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

“[We’re] Just make sure Justin feels he can do the job the way you know he can do it,” Staley said. “That’s the big thing, he just has the confidence to be able to play the game the way you should.

“It will be decided as the week goes by, and until the match, because when I say it’s ‘day by day’, it’s just how it feels. It could go on until Sunday.”

Besides protecting Herbert from further injury, the biggest factor in determining his condition is Herbert’s ability to manage pain.

In the series after getting hurt, the Charger drove nine rallies and 73 yards. Herbert felt visibly uncomfortable during the last five minutes of the match but only missed one match.

Staley said the Shipper will rely heavily on Herbert to make a final decision on his presence for Sunday.

We’ll listen to Justin, No. 1, Staley said. “The player is at the forefront of all the decisions we make here since I became the head coach. … I think that’s where the modern NFL is…

“We will start with him and then we are satisfied with what the medical team feels is best, he weighs the options and then we make a good decision.”

No matter what happens this weekend, Herbert will likely be dealing with pain in the area of ​​his left rib cage for some time.

Full recovery — depending on the severity of the injury — can take two weeks to two months, said Ilan Danan, MD, a sports neurologist and pain management specialist at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute.

“Concentration and recovery time really come down to the degree of pain and how much one can tolerate,” Dannan explained.

Justin Herbert (10) and Chase Daniel (7) work out the drill.

If Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is unable to play due to his injury, Chase Daniels (7) will start his place on Sunday against Jacksonville. (News agency)

If Herbert is unable to play against the Jaguars, Chase Daniel and Easton Stick will be the Chargers’ quarterbacks. Daniel has been Herbert’s replacement since the start of last season.

In his thirteenth year, Daniel has made five career starts, most recently in 2019 with Chicago. Stick has only appeared in one game — for two drops — since the Charger drafted him in the fifth round in 2019.

Since the start of the 2006 season, the Chargers have only had three players starting for the quarterback, and one of them – Tyrod Taylor – has only started one game.

The uncertainty about Herbert comes the same week that a lawsuit against one of the Chargers’ doctors brought by Taylor became known to the public.

Taylor is suing David Gazzaniga because a pre-match injection – intended to help the quarterback manage pain from two broken ribs – instead caused Taylor to develop a perforated lung.

When Taylor was unable to play in that game in Week 2 of the 2020 season, Herbert replaced him minutes before kick-off and has become the Chargers’ starter ever since.

When asked if he had any “fear” about the treatment of Herbert in light of the lawsuit, Staley said, “Any player going through something like this…that your biggest responsibility as a coach is to take care of your players.”

“I think we have a complete alliance with Justin, his family, his agents and then the medical professionals. That’s what we’re going to try to do is try to fit in that way and just trust the process, and hopefully get him better soon.”

The Chargers listed Herbert as a limited participant in practice and he was not alone as they deal with a few major injuries.

Two Pro Bowlers – Corey Linsley (knee) and Cornerback JC Jackson (ankle) – did not train on Wednesday. Linsley missed the second half against the Chiefs. Jackson made his season debut in Kansas City after missing the Chargers’ opening game.

The Pro Bowl Keenan Allen (hamstring) wide receiver and Trey Pipkins III right tackle start (ankle) were determined to be practically limited. Allen was injured in the first week and Pepkins in the third quarter Thursday.

The tight backup Donald Parham Jr. (hamstring) was also limited. He has not played this season yet.

Choose Brandon Staley

By saying “I’m responsible for what happened in that play,” Staley took the blame for Herbert’s interception in the fourth quarter that became a touchdown in Kansas City for 99 yards on Thursday.

It was Gerald Everett’s goal that Herbert meant near the goal line as the Chargers were looking to break the 17-17 tie. But the seasoned veteran, who was seen trying to pull himself out of the match moments before, made no movement for the ball.

Everett then explained that he was trying to get off the field because he was feeling pain in his ankle from an injury he sustained in the charger’s opener. But as the attack escalated, Everett was unable to get out.

He’s had passes in the previous two plays as the Chargers moved into the Chiefs’ three-yard line before Jaylen Watson picked Herbert and ran 99 yards for a swing hit.

“I saw Gerald,” Staley said. “We felt we could keep him working and dictate the pace. It was kind of a little play, a simple job responsibility. Going back in time, for sure, I will learn from it as a coach. Operationally, we take full ownership. I think we can all learn from that, but I Furthermore “.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


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