Justin Herbert is reportedly in a good shape to start for the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend following his injury scare last week.
With Justin Herbert, the Los Angeles Chargers have a quarterback who has every bit of talent that you could ask for, with an incredible arm and enough mobility to get out of trouble when he needs it. And that skill set has already been providing some incredible results.
He set a number of records in his first two seasons in the NFL, including having the most passing yards in a quarterback’s first two seasons with 9,350, the most total touchdowns in a quarterback’s first two seasons with 77 and he also became the first quarterback to record 30 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons.
So coming into 2022, and in an AFC West division that looks incredibly solid and tough to get out of this season, there was a lot to be confident about that they could make it back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season, and that Herbert would be a big part of it.
Justin Herbert takes a huge hit
Last week however, he suffered what looked like a very worrying injury in their Thursday Night game against their division rival Kansas City Chiefs in a thrilling game at Arrowhead, as he took a big hit to the ribs from Mike Danna that required him to miss a couple of plays, and even when he came back in he was visibly struggling.
Video: Justin Herbert suffers injury against the Chiefs:
Justin Herbert took a hard hit while throwing and appeared to be hurt, clutching his chest in Q4.— NFL on ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsNFL) September 16, 2022
Coach Staley stated after the game that he doesn't expect the injury to be an issue moving forward, per @TheAthleticpic.twitter.com/2kxC1gLjgz
And whilst head coach Brandon Staley said that it didn’t look to be too serious, there have been some concerns, most notably from NFL writer Peter King, who felt like it might impact his health and his play in the long-run.
But that long-term concern might have to wait as the Chargers are getting set to face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, and having lost ground on the Chiefs last week, they will need a win to try and keep up with them.
And luckily there appears to be good news on that front.
Speaking on Good Morning Football, reporter Ian Rapaport noted that whilst Herbert has been limited in practice this week, the ‘signs are positive’ when it comes to his health ahead of their game this week.
Video: Ian Rapaport delivers Justin Herbert update:
Good news for the Chargers indeed, and hopefully his play isn’t too affected by the injury. But given his skillset, you imagine that an 80% fit Herbert is still better than what a lot of the rest of the NFL has to offer.