09/25 15:24 CDT Justin Herbert starts for Chargers despite rib injury
Justin Herbert starts for Chargers despite rib injury
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) --- Quarterback Justin Herbert started for the Los
Angeles Chargers on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars after being
questionable all week due to a rib injury.
Herbert fractured rib cartilage on a hard hit from Kansas City defensive
lineman Michael Danna during the fourth quarter of a game Sept. 15. He has 35
consecutive regular-season starts, seventh among active quarterbacks, according
The Chargers took over on the LA 40-yard line after the Jaguars turned it over
on downs on their opening series. Herbert was 1 of 2 for 4 yards, with his
first pass being a screen to Austin Ekeler.
The third-year quarterback was limited in practice Wednesday and went through
most of his usual workload on Thursday before sitting out Friday.
This is Herbert's first significant injury since being the sixth overall pick
in the 2020 NFL draft. He broke his femur as a junior in high school in 2014
and then had a broken collarbone three years later at Oregon.
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel has five career starts, most recently in 2019
for the Chicago Bears in a Week 5 game against the Raiders. He has a 2-3 record
as a starter.
The Chargers have all three quarterbacks active for the first time since Week 2
against Kansas City in 2020.
Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury during the Chargers' opening win in
Cincinnati that season. A team doctor then punctured Taylor's lung while giving
him a pain-killing injection before the game against the Chiefs. Taylor went to
the hospital, and Herbert found out he was getting his first NFL start less
than a minute before kickoff.
Herbert isn't the only significant injury for the Chargers as they face the
Jaguars in a matchup of 1-1 teams. Center Corey Linsley (knee), cornerback JC
Jackson (ankle), wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and tight end Donald
Parham (hamstring) are inactive.
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