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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.

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will be sidelined for a minimum of four-to-six weeks after he undergoes an arthroscopic debridement on his left knee on Sept. 28.

Under the provided timeline, Ball would likely miss the start of the 2022-23 season, set to tip off in just under four weeks’ time on Oct. 18. If he returns in exactly six weeks, he’ll have missed Chicago’s first eight games of the campaign but could possibly play against his younger brother LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 2.

The 2017 second overall pick reportedly felt continued pain in his left knee while rehabbing in Los Angeles over the summer.

Ball has dealt with recurring issues in his left knee throughout his five-year career. As a rookie, he sprained his left MCL before undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in the same joint the following summer. The Bulls shut Ball down last season in mid-January due to a meniscus tear after he played just 35 games – a career low. He underwent arthroscopic surgery following the injury and was initially expected to miss six-to-eight weeks but didn’t play again for the rest of the campaign.

The 24-year-old owns career averages of 11.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals while shooting 36.4% from beyond the arc. Ball has improved from distance in every professional season, culminating with a 42.3% clip on 7.4 attempts from deep per game last campaign.

It doesn’t appear that Thunder Rosa will be returning from injury for some time yet. The AEW Women’s World Champion spoke to Dave LeGreca while co-hosting the latest “Busted Open Radio” and gave an update on her recovery. Rosa stated she was still in pain and is going through physical therapy, as well as non-surgical treatments, to progress through her back injury, and will likely be off the shelf for several more months.

“In the next couple weeks, we’ll be putting some stuff [on] YouTube so you guys can see what kind of treatment I’ve been doing,” Rosa said. “The funny thing is that, even though I’m doing all this therapy, people are still making comments like ‘You’re still faking it, right?’ I’m not faking it!”

Rosa then shared a possible timetable for her return to the ring.

“When I was talking to my PT … she was explaining to me how I will be doing therapy for about 6-8 weeks, and then after that I have to get back to conditioning for wrestling, because it’s not like ‘Oh, you’re clear, you can just jump in the ring,'” Rosa said. “It’s a process, and I have to make sure it heals, because tears are really hard to heal, especially where I have them, so they want to make sure that they’re healed so when I return I’m completely healthy and I don’t re-injure myself.”

The champ is still working hard despite her painful back injury. “It is a lot, because I have to go to therapy 3-4 times a week. So it’s like my other job now,” she said. When Rosa does return to the ring, her first line of business will be defending the AEW Women’s World Championship against current interim champion and former tag team partner Toni Storm.

The Dallas Cowboys are not putting quarterback Dak Prescott on injured reserve after surgery on his right thumb, leaving open the possibility that he could return in fewer than four games.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on the team’s flagship radio station that the team wants Prescott “to be a consideration for playing within the next four games.” That is the minimum number of games a player has to miss if placed on injured reserve.

“We feel very good after surgery, after listening to the medical people, that Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball real quick,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan.

Prescott had surgery Monday, a day after he got hurt in the fourth quarter of a season-opening 19-3 loss at home to Tampa Bay. He was following through after releasing a pass when his right hand bent awkwardly after making hard contact with the raised hands of rushing linebacker Shaq Barrett.

“We think he can come in and play. So, we don’t want to not have him out there practicing. We want him getting prepared,” Jones said. “We’ll see how he handles this thing, how it heals, mainly his strength, how he can grip the ball, what his status is. That’s not being an optimist. The proof is we got a good surgery, got good technique, and feel better about it than we did the other night.”

Cooper Rush finished the game in Prescott’s place and is expected to start Sunday’s home game against defending AFC champion Cincinnati. Jones said it was “unlikely” that the Cowboys would add a veteran quarterback, and instead would stick with backup quarterbacks Rush and Will Grier.

“Those guys know the offense well. They’ve had a lot of reps in it and consequently give us our best shot,” Jones said. “It’s unlikely that you have a veteran quarterback that could get back in here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play, even if you thought you might have a talent advantage.”

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe will miss 10-12 weeks after undergoing successful cervical spine surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

The current recovery timeline projects McCabe to return between late November and early December. Chicago’s 2022 training camp is set to open next week, and its regular season starts Oct. 12 against the defending champion Colorado Avalanche.

McCabe joined the Blackhawks prior to the 2021-22 campaign on a four-year, $16-million contract. He appeared in 75 games and registered 22 points while averaging over 20 minutes per contest in his debut season in the Windy City.

He spent eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres prior to signing with Chicago.

Pittsburgh Steelers pass-rusher T.J. Watt‘s pectoral injury is not believed to be season-ending, and he will not require surgery, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero report.

Watt, who is still gathering additional opinions, could return before the end of October, Pelissero adds.

The star pass-rusher suffered the injury during the Steelers’ Week 1 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Watt favored his pectoral area as he walked off the field and seemed to indicate that the injury was major.

Watt notched one sack and interception in the win over the Bengals before the injury. His sack was one of seven that the Steelers recorded in the contest. Alex Highsmith led the team with three sacks in Week 1.

Malik Reed will likely assume Watt’s role until the latter returns from injury. The team acquired Reed in a trade with the Denver Broncos in August.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Watt tied the NFL record with 22.5 sacks last season. It was his second straight year leading the league in the category after posting 15 sacks in 2020.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said Sunday that quarterback Matthew Stafford will have “no limitations” for Thursday’s season opener against the Buffalo Bills, according to team reporter Stu Jackson.

“He’ll be ready to go,” McVay said.

The 36-year-old coach added he’ll have “no hesitation” asking Stafford to throw 50-plus times versus Buffalo.

Stafford didn’t throw at OTAs after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in his right elbow earlier in the offseason. Reports later noted that “bad tendinitis” also limited his throwing during training camp.

But the 34-year-old passer said he’s fully healthy again.

“I feel good. Ready to go, no hesitations. … I feel like I can make every throw,” he said Sunday, per NFL Network’s Kayla Burton.

Stafford completed 67.2% of his passes for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns against 17 interceptions across 17 regular-season appearances in his first year with the Rams in 2021. He averaged 35 pass attempts per game, including the playoffs.

The one-time Pro Bowler helped the Rams win the Super Bowl after joining in a trade from the Detroit Lions.

NBA fans have seen little of newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers guard John Wall in recent seasons due to injuries and a lengthy team holdout.

The former All-Star recently opened up about his mental health struggles while dealing with on- and off-court issues during his NBA absence.

“(It was) the darkest place I’ve ever been in. At one point in time I considered committing suicide,” Wall said during his annual Salvation Army fundraiser earlier in August. “Tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID at the same time.”

Wall is preparing to make his first appearance on an NBA floor since the 2020-21 campaign after sitting out all of last season as the rebuilding Houston Rockets held him out of competition. He played just 40 games the year prior, his first season with Houston after being traded from the Washington Wizards.

The five-time All-Star also missed the entire 2019-20 campaign with a torn Achilles, going through a portion of the lengthy rehab process at the start of the pandemic. In total, the 2010 No. 1 pick has played in just 113 games over the last five seasons.

Wall signed with the Clippers after the Rockets waived him earlier this offseason, and he’s slated to play a meaningful role on a contender for the first time in years.

The 31-year-old has found a new belief in himself as he begins a new stage in his career.

“I’m looking at all this and I’m like, if I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,” Wall said.

“For me to be back on top where I want to be, and to see the fans still want me to play, having support … (it) means a lot.”

Jayson Tatum‘s NBA Finals performance played a part in preventing the Boston Celtics from winning a championship. However, a nagging ailment may have been the reason behind the superstar’s poor showing.

The three-time All-Star revealed to Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks that he played with a fractured wrist for the majority of the second half of last season. He said his wrist first started bothering him following a February game against the Atlanta Hawks.

“I had a non-displaced fracture in my wrist. It was small … but a non-displaced chip,” Tatum said, adding that he put off receiving a diagnosis until just before the playoffs.

Tatum then re-aggravated the injury in the Celtics’ second-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks when he fell into the crowd following a Giannis Antetokounmpo foul on a dunk attempt.

“That was the most painful it’s been since that day that I hurt it,” Tatum said.

Even though Tatum needed to wear a brace before shootaround for the rest of the playoffs, he felt the need to persevere with a ring on the line.

“In my mind, if I’m going out there to play, it’s like nothing matters,” he said.

The 24-year-old averaged just 21.5 points per game in the six-game NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors, hitting 36.7% of his field goals and 65.6% of his free throws. Tatum scored only 13 points on 6-of-18 from the floor in the series-clincher.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow returned to practice Sunday after undergoing an appendectomy at the beginning of training camp.

It’s unclear how much Burrow participated during the walk-through session.

The Bengals previously opted against giving a timeline for Burrow’s on-field return. The third-year signal-caller hasn’t been able to practice but has been a consistent presence at workouts and team meetings.

“He’s been plenty engaged,” head coach Zac Taylor said last week, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby. “I don’t think we need that to stimulate him. He does a pretty good job of that.”

The 25-year-old was seen running sprints prior to Cincinnati’s preseason opener Friday.

Burrow is coming off a breakout campaign, earning his debut Super Bowl appearance and the first for the Bengals since 1988.

He threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns against 14 interceptions during the regular season before racking up 1,105 and five TDs against three picks during the postseason.

Cincinnati opted to reinforce Burrow’s offensive line this offseason after the unit was exposed during the Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams, adding center Ted Karras, guard Alex Cappa, and right tackle La’el Collins.