The LA Chargers were one of the most injured teams in the entire NFL last season and were still able to make the playoffs. In addition to having several key players miss a lot of games, Chargers QB Justin Herbert was also dealing with injuries of his own.
Herbert fractured his rib cartilage in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs and that seemed to take two months to fully heal. Herbert also suffered a labrum injury in his left shoulder that was kept under wraps until he had surgery shortly after the season ended.
The surgery was not on his throwing shoulder and Herbert was expected to be ready for training camp in August. However, with the Chargers you never really know how accurate injury information and timelines are.
Thankfully, it appears that Herbert is well on his way to being fully ready for training camp. Herbert is already throwing the football in Monday's Chargers workout three months before he actually has to be ready for the start of training camp.
Justin Herbert makes a huge step, throws the football during Chargers workout
This is exactly what every single Chargers fan wanted to see. The fact that Herbert is already out throwing the ball means that his recovery is going exactly as planned and should not hinder the 2023 season at all. Granted, he still needs plenty of time before he can be tackled but the Chargers still have plenty of time until Week 1 of the 2023 season.
Herbert still had a great season in 2022 but it was definitely a down year for his standards. That is not surprising considering the fact that he was dealing with two separate injuries that can really hinder someone's ability to take a hit and stay in the pocket for that extra second.
With those injuries behind him and a new offensive coordinator to lead the way, there is a decent chance that we will see the best season of Herbert's young career thus far in 2023.