The LA Chargers not only lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football but they also suffered a potentially bigger loss in quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert was banged up and was visibly in an immense amount of pain with an injury that was later diagnosed as fractured rib cartilage.
Luckily Hebert avoided a fractured rib, which brings its own complications. That does not take away from the immense pain that this injury causes, which could have led to Herbert missing a game or two and simply not playing as well as he normally would. While other quarterbacks have done well with this injury, it was still concerning.
Thankfully, Chargers fans are getting nothing but positive news in recent reports. NFL Network's Bridget Condon reported that a source inside the building said Herbert was throwing on Tuesday and looked to be his normal self.
As we all know, Justin Herbert's "normal self" is an MVP-caliber quarterback who is one of the best in the entire league in only his third season.
The Chargers should still be cautious with Justin Herbert's injury, though.
It appears that Justin Herbert is on track to play in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars but the team should still be cautious with his injury. Herbert does not need to take unnecessary hits out there as he is recovering and becoming comfortable.
The Chargers have notoriously been a team that passes the ball a lot since Brandon Staley came into town and it would be nice to see the run game get going a bit more in Week 3. While Chargers fans will hate anything that seems cautious from Joe Lombardi, the fewer dropbacks that Herbert can get hit on the better.
When Herbert does throw the ball we should be seeing a lot of quick action. I know fans are yearning for the big play but with Herbert's status, it is better to be safe than sorry. Obviously, the team should dial it up if the situation calls for it, but they are in a place where they don't need to throw the entire playbook out there.
The Jaguars are a better team than they were last year and they are dangerous if you let them hang around. That being said, the Chargers are still more talented and should be able to get the job done with Herbert under center. After that, the team plays the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns.
This is the easiest stretch of the entire schedule. The Bolts should be utilizing that to reduce Herbert's workload by 15-20% until he can get fully comfortable. They are talented enough to do that knowing that if they need to break glass in case of emergency, they have the QB to do it.