QB Justin Herbert every day, ‘feeling more comfortable’, says Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley – ESPN

QB Justin Herbert every day, 'feeling more comfortable', says Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley - ESPN

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Six days removed from suffering a fractured rib cartilage, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is considered day-to-day before a Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.

“He’s had a lot of rest since the last game,” Staley said. “He’s feeling more comfortable. I know he was able to do some light pitching yesterday, some rotation work, but we’ll just take it day by day and see where his comfort level is.”

Herbert did not throw passes during the short portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday. The third-year quarterback watched as backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Easton Stick took pitching reps.

Herbert participated in giving balls to running backs and was listed as a limited participant on the Chargers’ injury report.

receiver Keenan Allen and a tense ending Donald Parham Jr., both of whom were dealing with hamstring injuries, also returned to practice in a limited capacity.

Staley said whether Herbert plays Sunday will be a decision that starts with the quarterback.

“It’s going to start with him and then obviously he feels good about what the medical team thinks is best, he weighs the options and then we’ll make a good decision,” Staley said.

Chargers doctor treating Herbert’s injury is being sued for medical malpractice by former Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylorwho is seeking at least $5 million after suffering a punctured lung while being treated for a rib injury in 2020, according to copies of the original lawsuit and subsequent filings related to the case obtained by ESPN.

When asked Wednesday if there was concern about Herbert’s treatment given the recent history of nursing a quarterback, Staley said the concern of players is paramount.

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

Herbert suffered the injury in last Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With 5 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the game, Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna hit Herbert, leaving the quarterback lying on the field for an extended period.

Herbert returned after missing just one play and was immediately hit again as he was crushed between Chiefs passers. Frank Clark and George Karlaftis. Herbert, on the other hand, stayed in the game.

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

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