Justin Herbert is having a rough day at the office against the Denver Broncos, but his offensive line hasn't done him any favors.
Herbert was sacked four times in the first half alone and his lack of protection came home to roost in the worst way late in the second quarter when he was hit following a pass. Herbert fell awkwardly to the turf and apparently injured his finger on the play.
Herbert headed to the locker room for further evaluation and the Chargers swiftly announced he's questionable to return.
Here's a look at how Herbert suffered the injury. It's unclear where the injury occurred, but Herbert was in noticeable discomfort after the play and signaled to the Chargers sideline that he needed to come off the field.
UPDATE: Chargers QB Justin Herbert officially out for game vs Broncos with finger injury
The CBS broadcast noted Herbert's right index finger is the finger in question. That's obviously a huge deal. The index finger is vitally important to a QB's grip of the football. If Herbert is able to return, his grip will be compromised and you have to wonder what that means for his delivery and precision.
As we wait with bated breath for an update on the Chargers' face of the franchise, backup Easton Stick presided over the offense and looked awful.
Stick was promptly strip-sacked for a Broncos defensive touchdown, but the score was overturned upon review. The Chargers caught a monster break there, and they incredibly caught another moments later when a Jerry Jeudy touchdown catch was called back.
The defense held strong for a field goal and LA miraculously only trails10-0 at halftime despite mustering 97 yards of offense and going a combined 0-for-9 on third and fourth down.
Of course, the scoreboard is negligible in light of Herbert's injury.
Earlier this season, Herbert suffered a gruesome finger injury, but on his left hand. He played through the injury wearing a cast and glove to protect the finger. It's unclear what hoops Herbert might have to go jump to play through this injury, but it's anything but encouraging that doctors didn't clear him to return.
Now, we can't help but wonder if the finger is broken. If so, will it require surgery? Does that mean Herbert's season is over?
It doesn't help to speculate, but that's all we can do until the Chargers provide a further update on their $262 million quarterback.