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Quarterback Justin Herbert was mainly a bystander Wednesday as the Los Angeles Chargers went through their first practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Herbert did some handoffs to running backs but did not do any throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. Herbert suffered fractured rib cartilage after taking a hit during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert did some light throwing Tuesday but the third-year quarterback’s status remains day-to-day. Herbert was one of three players listed as a limited participant on the team’s practice report.

“He’s had a lot of rest since the last game, but I think the nature of the week is truly going to be a case-by-case, day-by-day basis,” Staley said. “We’re just going to see where his comfort level is, and truly trust him and let him be the guide of where we’re at, and make sure that we are prepared either way.”

Herbert missed only one play after taking a hard hit from Kansas City defensive lineman Michael Danna on a 12-yard completion to Gerald Everett with five minutes to go. He led the Chargers (1-1) on a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive the series after he was injured.

Herbert will wear a rib protector but could also receive an injection to deal with the pain. It did not go well the last time that happened to a Chargers quarterback.

In 2020, Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury during the Chargers’ opening win in Cincinnati. A team doctor then punctured Taylor’s lung while giving him a pain-killing injection before a game against Kansas City. Taylor went to the hospital, and Herbert found out he was getting his first NFL start less than a minute before kickoff.

Taylor did not file a grievance through the NFL Players Association but sued team doctor David Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. The lawsuit, which seeks at least $5 million in damages, was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021. A trial was scheduled to begin in November but has been moved to next June.

Herbert has made 34 consecutive regular-season starts, seventh among active quarterbacks.

“I think that we have full alignment with Justin, his family, his agents, and the medical professionals. That’s what we’re going to try and do, have alignment that way and trust the process, and, hopefully, get him well soon,” Staley said.

Chase Daniel would be in line to start if Herbert could not go. The 13-year veteran has six career starts, most recently in 2019 for the Chicago Bears.

“My approach (to practice or preparation during the week) never changes regardless of what happens. I think that is what has suited me so well,” Daniel said.

Easton Stick is the third-string QB but has taken only two regular-season snaps in three-plus seasons.

Herbert isn’t the only offensive starter dealing with an injury. Center Corey Linsley (knee) did not practice, while wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and right offensive tackle Trey Pipkins (foot) were limited.

Starting cornerback J.C. Jackson (knee) also did not practice, and backup tight end Donald Parham (hamstring) was listed as limited.

The Jaguars (1-1) were the first team Herbert beat as a starting QB. He threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns along with rushing for 66 yards and a score as the Chargers won the 2020 matchup 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is day-to-day after suffering a fracture to his rib cartilage in Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Brandon Staley announced Friday, according to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry.

Herbert sustained the ailment late in the fourth quarter after taking a hit from Mike Danna. He was able to return to the game after missing one snap, but he was visibly in pain. The superstar passer finished the night with 334 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.

The 24-year-old was taken for X-rays after the game and was seen with his left arm tight to his side. His X-rays were negative, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

“We got good news in terms of what the CT scan expressed. I think that is good news,” Staley said Friday, according to USA Today’s Tyler Dragon. “Playing quarterback, you don’t want it to be a fracture to the bones. The fact that it’s cartilage is a good sign.”

Herbert, the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year, is off to a hot start to the 2022 season after completing 76% of his passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 1 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The 1-1 Chargers host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Justin Herbert is confident his Los Angeles Chargers can compete against the league’s best, but he knows they must be more consistent to do so.

“It’s all about consistency,” Herbert said on “SiriusXM NFL Radio.” “We have to put together a full season for us to play the football that we want to.”

The Chargers narrowly missed the postseason last year despite finishing with a 9-8 record due to a late-season slide that involved an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and a shocking defeat to the 4-13 Houston Texans. The club struggled with balance as it placed fifth in scoring but 29th in points allowed.

Los Angeles responded accordingly this offseason, adding the likes of Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson, among others. However, other AFC West teams also improved, with the Denver Broncos acquiring Russell Wilson and the Raiders landing Davante Adams.

“We’ve definitely added some guys on defense, picked up a few guys on offense, and had a great offseason so far,” Herbert noted.

He added: “As soon as the season comes, we understand it’s all about execution and being sharp week in and week out, never looking ahead, and making sure we’re doing everything we can to give ourselves a shot on Sundays.”

Herbert has thrown for 9,350 yards with 69 touchdowns to 25 interceptions over his first two seasons, though he’s still in search of his first career postseason berth.

While most NFL players are ready to enjoy six weeks away from football before training camps begin, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert can’t wait to get back to work.

“I think the great thing about football, for me, is I need football,” Herbert said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I love waking up and going to work and lifting, running, throwing, and watching film.

“I think too much off time can kind of be a burden to me sometimes, so I always look forward to having stuff to do, whether that’s watching film or us throwing or being out here for OTAs. I think that’s kind of what I look forward to.”

Herbert has enjoyed a record-setting start to his career. He set the all-time rookie mark for touchdown passes (31) in 2021 before throwing for over 5,000 yards as a sophomore.

While the young quarterback’s widely tipped to push the Chargers into playoff contention in 2022 after two years outside the postseason, he isn’t feeling the pressure.

“I feel like I’m kind of on vacation right now,” he said about ongoing minicamps. “I think that if you’re taking a vacation, you’re trying to get away from something. I always look forward to coming to this place and working and doing all of these fun things.

“Going home, I’ll do the same thing, trying to have as much fun as I can with my family and things like that, but it is work and getting ready for the season.”

The Chargers return for training camp July 28 and are set to take part in joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 17-18 ahead of their Week 2 preseason matchup.

Patrick Mahomes cleared the air regarding his playful jab at division rival Justin Herbert.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said no harm was meant to the Los Angeles Chargers‘ star passer when he responded to a heckle from a fan this week during a celebrity golf tournament.

“Yeah, I think it got taken out of context,” Mahomes said of the reaction to the clip on social media, according to Jori Epstein of USA Today Sports.

“I was talking some trash to all those Raiders and Broncos and Chargers fans out there,” he added. “I have a ton of respect for (Herbert) as a player.”

Herbert won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020, cementing himself as a franchise player. He threw a rookie record 31 touchdown passes against just 10 interceptions.

Mahomes will need to face Herbert twice each season as part of their AFC West rivalry.

“For him to come out in Year 1 and play at that level is a special thing,” the Chiefs signal-caller said. “Not a lot of guys can do it. And I know I’ll have a lot of tough games against him in the future.

“So it was kind of a joking matter that I think blew up on Twitter like most things (tend) to do.”

Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley wants quarterback Justin Herbert to be the focal point of the team’s offense next season.

“I wanted our offense to run through Justin Herbert,” Staley said, according to team reporter Hayley Elwood. “I wanted him to make it work, and I think that’s what’s been fun to sort of get started.”

Herbert started 15 contests for the Chargers in his debut campaign last year, finishing with a 6-9 record. The Oregon product went on to win the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award after throwing for 4,336 yards and setting a first-year record of 31 touchdowns. Herbert also added 234 rushing yards for five scores.

Following a four-game win streak to close out 2020, there’s optimism that Herbert could lead L.A. over a 17-game schedule.

Staley, a defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, believes the sophomore pivot’s skill set will be key to the Chargers’ success on offense.

“I think that ultimately, those are the most dangerous quarterbacks you defend, where the quarterback becomes the system,” he said.

L.A. will task the 23-year-old passer with helping the team return to the postseason following a two-year absence from the playoffs.

Justin Herbert earned a glowing endorsement from Drew Brees during Wednesday’s practice.

Brees, who retired this past offseason, visited the Los Angeles Chargers as part of his new gig as an analyst for NBC Sports and spoke highly of Herbert during his stay.

“I’ve actually been really impressed with him,” Brees said, according to Gilbert Manzano of the Los Angeles Daily News. “There’s no doubt his physical tools are as good as anybody I’ve ever seen. By all accounts, he’s a great worker, he’s got great leadership qualities, he’s got a lot of intangibles, so I think the sky is the limit for him.”

Wednesday wasn’t the first time the former New Orleans Saints signal-caller got a look at the young star – the two clashed in a Week 5 contest last season. Brees escaped with a narrow 30-27 victory but it was Herbert who impressed, throwing four touchdowns against no interceptions.

Herbert will be working with new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi this season. Lombardi spent 10 seasons as Brees’ quarterbacks coach during his tenure with the New Orleans Saints.

Herbert added the retired quarterback offered him advice during his stay and said he will talk to him throughout the season.

“He’s a guy that I’m going to reach out to continuously to keep checking on and see if there’s anything that I can learn from him,” Herbert said, according to team reporter Chris Hayre.

The second-year quarterback is looking to build off a 2020 campaign that saw him earn Offensive Rookie of the Year after setting a new NFL rookie record with 31 passing touchdowns.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was named the Offensive Rooke of the Year on Saturday at the NFL Honors for the 2020 season.

Herbert, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, broke rookie quarterback records with 31 passing touchdowns and 36 total scores.

The 22-year-old also racked up the most completions (396) and second-most passing yards (4,336) by a rookie signal-caller in NFL history.

Herbert beat out the likes of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson, and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor for the honor.

Expected to be Tyrod Taylor‘s backup heading into the season, Herbert was forced into action when a team doctor inadvertently punctured Taylor’s lung during a pregame procedure prior to Week 2.

Herbert retained the starting job for the rest of the year and led the Chargers to a 7-9 record that included a four-game winning streak to end the campaign. The former Oregon standout engineered three game-winning drives.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert broke an NFL rookie passing record Sunday.

Herbert threw his 28th passing touchdown of the season to Austin Ekeler in the second quarter of a 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos, breaking Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield‘s record of 27 set in 2018.

The sixth overall pick out of Oregon entered Week 16 with 27 touchdown passes after throwing two against the Las Vegas Raiders last week.

Herbert also surpassed 4,000 passing yards this season after completing 21 of 33 attempts for 253 yards against the Broncos. He’s just the fourth player to notch that mark as a rookie, joining Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston.

The 22-year-old also joins Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the only signal-callers to reach 4,000 passing yards through their first 14 NFL starts.

Herbert has posted a 5-9 record since taking over the Chargers’ starting job in Week 2.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was one of over 100,000 residents evacuated from their Southern California homes due to wildfires, sources told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Several others with the Chargers, including players and staff members, were also evacuated and settled in hotels. The Chargers continue to prepare for their Week 8 contest with the Broncos in Denver.

California is prone to wildfires in the fall, and five of the 20 largest wildfires in the state’s history have occurred in 2020, according to Cal Fire.

After wildfires spread across Southern California in 2017, the Los Angeles Rams gave Monday Night Football tickets to thousands of first responders and families who were recovering from the disaster as well as the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.