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

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Costa Mesa, California. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is out for six days with a broken rib he suffered prior to Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.

“He’s retired a lot since last game,” Staley said. “He’s very comfortable. I know he was able to do some light throwing, some rotation work yesterday, but we’re going to take it day by day and see where his comfort level is.”

Herbert did not throw any passes during the brief portion of practice open to reporters on Wednesday. Third-year quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Easton Stick looked to the backup quarterbacks while taking throwing reps.

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Herbert took part in handing off balls to the running backs and was listed as a limited participant on the Chargers injury report.

Receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Donald Barham Jr., both dealing with hamstring injuries, returned to practice at a limited capacity.

Staley said whether Herbert will play Sunday will be a decision to start at quarterback.

“It starts with him, then he feels the medical team is best, he weighs the options, and then we make a good decision,” Staley said.

The Chargers doctor treating Herbert’s injury is being sued in medical malpractice by former Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is seeking at least $5 million in 2020 after he punctured his lung while treating a rib injury. The original lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the lawsuit were obtained by ESPN.

Asked Wednesday if there was any trepidation about Herbert’s treatment given the recent history of quarterback care, Staley said player care is paramount.

“Any player going through something like this, that’s your biggest responsibility as a coach is to take care of your players,” Staley said. “So, I think we have full agreement with Justin and his family, his agents, and then the medical professionals, and that’s what we’re going to try to do, trust the conditioning and the process that way and get him back. Sooner OK.”

Herbert missed last Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With 5 minutes, 9 seconds left in the game, Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna hit Herbert and the quarterback lay on the field for a long time.

Herbert returned after missing just one play, and was immediately hit again as he was crushed between Chiefs pass-rushers Frank Clark and George Karloftis. Still, Herbert was game.

In two games, Herbert has passed for 613 yards and six touchdowns with an interception.

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