COSTA MESA, Calif. — Quarterback Justin Herbert is one of several starters for the Los Angeles Chargers whose availability in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars is uncertain.
Herbert, who has been recovering for eight days from a fractured rib cartilage, did not train on Friday and was listed as a problem for Sunday’s game.
“It’s day by day, just waiting to see how he feels,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “We’ll make progress for the rest of the week and see how it goes.”
Herbert told reporters for the first time since the injury in the 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that his ribs are “feeling good.”
“There are definitely improvements,” Herbert said. “I think the most important thing is to be ready for Sunday and give your best, no matter what it looks like.”
If Herbert is unavailable, veteran backup Chase Daniel will start.
Receiver Keenan Allen is inactive in Week 2 with a hamstring injury, tight end Donald Parham Jr. is also dealing with a hamstring problem, and right tackle Trey Pipkins III, with a foot injury, is questionable.
Staley said Allen was “50-50” in the game after no practice on Friday.
“We want to make sure to give him a day off and see how the next 48 hours go,” Staley said.
Center Corey Linsley is dealing with a knee problem, while cornerback JC Jackson, who had surgery on his ankle last month, didn’t work out all week after the Week 2 game, they said. Suspect.
“We really wanted to use this week as a rest week for him to leave the game,” Staley said of Jackson. “We just want to make sure, in the long run, that this person is okay. As you can see out there, there are no setbacks in and of themselves.”
Herbert attended practice in a limited capacity earlier this week. When practice opened to reporters on Thursday, he appeared to have passed his routine passing drill.
“He did what he usually does because we wanted to make sure we saw him throw the ball he had to throw in the game,” Staley said. “He looks good. He’s strong. He doesn’t feel good anyway, but he’s able to go out and play.”
“I feel good,” Herbert said.
Herbert said it was normal to wear a rib guard during games and expressed no concern that if any extra protection was added on Sunday it would affect his throwing ability.
“It’s an area of quarterbacks that doesn’t usually have much of an impact on the throwing action,” Herbert said. “No matter what you add or remove, I think it’s a normal move for a quarterback.”
Herbert took over as the Chargers’ starter under unusual circumstances as a rookie in 2020, when it was determined that then-starter Tyrod Taylor was stabbed in the lung just minutes before kickoff in Week 2 Can’t play after wearing it. Now also taking care of Herbert, trying to inject painkillers to help the quarterback’s ruptured rib.
Taylor, who is currently suing the doctor for malpractice, is seeking at least $5 million in damages, according to a copy of the original lawsuit obtained by ESPN and subsequent filings related to the case.
When asked Friday about potential treatment options and how much he knew about Taylor’s condition, Herbert said: “Every situation is different.”
“You have to see what works best for you,” Herbert said. “I’m definitely going to do my best to prepare for Sunday’s game. At the same time, it’s important to rest, relax and be ready for everything.”
A third-year pro, Herbert has never missed a start since taking over from Taylor.
The Chargers are 1-1, and Herbert has passed for 613 yards and six touchdowns with interceptions.