QB Justin Herbert day to day 'feeling more comfortable', says Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley

QB Justin Herbert day to day ‘feeling more comfortable’, says Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Six days after suffering a broken rib cartilage, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is considered daily ahead of a Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Brandon said Wednesday. Staley.

“He’s rested a lot since the last game,” Staley said. “He’s feeling more comfortable. I know he was able to do light throwing yesterday, some rotational work, but we’ll just take it day by day and see where his comfort level is.”

Herbert did not throw a pass during the brief portion of practice open to reporters on Wednesday. The third-year quarterback saw backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Easton Stick perform reps.

Herbert participated in delivering balls to running backs and was listed as a limited participant on the Chargers injury report.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Donald Parham Jr., who both struggled with hamstring injuries, also returned to practice with limited capacity.

Staley said whether Herbert plays on Sunday would be a decision that would start with the quarterback.

“It will start with him and then obviously he will feel good about what the medical team thinks is best, he will weigh the options and then we will make a good decision,” Staley said.

Chargers doctor treating 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 while he was treated for a rib injury in 2020, according to copies of the original lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the case obtained by ESPN.

When asked Wednesday if there was any concern about Herbert’s treatment given the quarterback’s recent care history, Staley said player care was of the utmost importance.

“Any player that goes through something like that, it’s your biggest responsibility as a coach is 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 do is align ourselves that way and do confidence in the process and hopefully doing well soon.”

Herbert was injured in last Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With 5 minutes and 9 seconds left in the game, Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna hit Herbert, leaving the quarterback lying on the ground for a long stretch.

Herbert came back after missing just one play and was immediately hit again, as he was crushed between Chiefs setters 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.

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