The LA Chargers suffered their first loss of the season Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs and now find themselves dealing with their first bit of adversity during this young season.
Quarterback Justin Herbert suffered a fracture of his rib cartilage late in Thursday night’s loss. The third-year pro – regarded by many as a potential MVP candidate this season – will be listed as day-to-day, coach Brandon Staley announced.
Herbert sustained a hard shot from Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna and left the game for one play but returned to action and after the game received additional tests to determine the extent of his injury. It’s unclear what kind of a recovery timeline Herbert can expect.
The Chargers’ backup quarterback is Chase Daniel, a 13-year veteran, who has spent the bulk of his career as a reserve, starting just five games.
Herbert is coming off a Pro Bowl season and in 2020 earned Associated Press offensive rookie of the year honors.
In two games this season, he has completed 59-of-82 pass attempts for 613 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. The Chargers don’t play again until Sept. 25 against Jacksonville, which gives him a little more time to heal than the standard game-week turnaround.