Costa Mesa, California. — Quarterback Justin Herbert is among several starters for the Los Angeles Chargers whose availability for a Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is uncertain.
Herbert, sidelined for eight days with a fractured rib, did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
“It’s day-to-day, waiting to see how he feels,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “We’re going to push through this week and see how it goes.”
Herbert, speaking to reporters for the first time since suffering the injury in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, said his ribs are “feeling good.”
“There are definitely improvements,” Herbert said. “I think the most important thing is to be ready for Sunday and do your best.”
If Herbert can’t play, senior backup Chase Daniel will start.
Receiver Keenan Allen, out in Week 2 with a hamstring injury, tight end Donald Parham Jr., who is dealing with a hamstring problem, and Trey Pippins III, with a right leg injury, are questionable.
Staley said Allen, who did not practice Friday, was “50-50” for the game.
“We wanted to make sure we gave him a day off and see how it goes in the next 48 hours,” Staley said.
Center Corey Linsley, who is dealing with a knee issue, and cornerback J.C., who sat out Week 2 on an ankle he had surgery on last month. Jackson was skeptical.
“We wanted to use this week as a rest week for him,” Staley said of Jackson. “We want to make sure, long term, this guy is good to go. As you saw him out, there wasn’t a setback.”
Hebert participated in practices in a limited capacity earlier in the week. On Thursday, he went through routine passing drills while practice was open to reporters.
“He did what he usually does because we wanted to make sure we saw the throws he was supposed to make in the game,” Staley said. “He looked good. He was tough. He didn’t feel great by any means, but he was able to go out there and throw the football.”
“I felt great,” Herbert said.
Herbert said it’s normal to wear a rib protector in a game, and expressed no concern that any additional protection added Sunday would affect his throwing ability.
“It’s an area in the quarterback that usually doesn’t have a lot of impact on the throwing motion,” Herbert said. “Whatever you add or whatever you take away, I think it’s a normal run for the quarter.”
Herbert took over as the Chargers’ starter in 2020 under unusual circumstances, minutes before kickoff in Week 2 when then-starter Tyrod Taylor was ruled unable to play with a punctured lung. Now tending to Herbert, he tried to administer painkillers to help Calback’s cracked ribs.
That doctor is now being sued for medical malpractice by Taylor, who is seeking at least $5 million, according to copies of the original lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the case obtained by ESPN.
When asked Friday about possible treatment options and how aware he was of Taylor’s situation, Herbert said “every situation is different.”
“You have to see what works best for you,” Herbert said. “I’m definitely going to do everything I can to be ready to play on Sunday. At the same time, it’s important to rest, relax and get everything right.”
The third-year pro hasn’t missed a start since taking over from Herbert Taylor.
The Chargers are 1-1, and Herbert has passed for 613 yards and six touchdowns with an interception.