While a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is expected, the Los Angeles Chargers will be facing a series of injuries making that task a little bit tougher.
Most notable among them is starting quarterback Justin Herbert, who tore his rib cartilage late in last Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team officially listed him as questionable for this Sunday’s match against Jacksonville.
With 5:01 left in the fourth quarter and the Chargers driving down 24-17, Herbert took a clean hit from Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna as he attempted a pass.
The hit struck Herbert directly in his ribs, leaving the Oregon product writhing on the ground in pain. He went to the sidelines, but returned to the game – leading the Chargers on a late touchdown drive to make it a 27-24 game.
The Bolts failed to recover the ensuing onside kick and the Chiefs improved their record to 2-0.
This week, Herbert has been checking in with team doctors all week and showed up to take some snaps in Wednesday and Thursday practice in a limited capacity.
However in practice on Friday, longtime NFL backup quarterback Chase Daniel – a 14-year veteran and University of Missouri product – was seen taking the first-team reps. Later, the team listed Herbert as questionable to play this weekend.
In addition to Herbert, top wideout Keenan Allen, starting right tackle Trey Pipkins, and backup tight end Donald Parham were also listed as questionable.
The injury report also listed starting center Corey Linsley and starting cornerback J.C. Jackson as doubtful.
Jacksonville’s injury list is considerably shorter going into this game, only listing cornerback Shaquill Griffin as questionable.