COSTA MESA, Calif. — Quarterback Justin Herbert is one of several Los Angeles Chargers starters whose availability for their Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is uncertain.
Herbert, eight days out with a broken rib cartilage, did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s game.
“It’s day-to-day, just waiting to see how he feels,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “We’ll go ahead with the rest of this week and see how it goes.”
Speaking to reporters for the first time since suffering the injury in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Herbert said his ribs “feel good.”
“There have definitely been improvements,” Herbert said. “I think the most important thing is to be ready for Sunday and do your best, whatever that looks like.”
If Herbert is unable to play, veteran backup Chase Daniel will start.
Receiver Keenan Allen, who was inactive in Week 2 with a hamstring injury, tight end Donald Parham Jr., also dealing with a hamstring problem, and right tackle Trey Pipkins III, who has a leg injury, are all questionable.
Staley said Allen was “50-50” for the game after not practicing Friday.
“We wanted to make sure we gave him a rest day and then see how he goes in the next 48 hours,” Staley said.
Center Corey Linsley, who is dealing with a knee problem, and cornerback JC Jackson, who didn’t practice all week after playing in Week 2 with an ankle he had surgery on last month, are questionable.
“We really wanted to use this week as a rest week to get out of the game,” Staley said of Jackson. “We just want to make sure in the long run that this guy is good. As you’ve seen him out there, there’s been no setback per se.”
Hebert participated in limited practice earlier in the week. On Thursday, he appeared to go through routine passing drills when practice was open to reporters.
“He did what he usually does because we wanted to make sure we saw him make the throws he needed to make in the game,” Staley said. “He looked good. He’s tough. He’s not feeling great by any means, but he was able to go out there and throw the football.”
“I felt good,” Herbert said.
Herbert said it would be normal to wear a rib protector in the game and expressed no concern that adding the extra protection for Sunday would affect his throwing ability.
“It’s an area of the quarterback that usually doesn’t affect the throwing motion too much,” Herbert said. “Whatever you add or whatever you take away, I think it’s a normal movement for a quarterback.”
Herbert took over as the Chargers’ starting quarterback under unusual circumstances as a 2020 rookie when, just minutes before kickoff in Week 2, then-starter Tyrod Taylor was determined to be out with a punctured lung, as the team doctor who, even now tending to Herbert, tried to to administer a pain-relieving injection to help the quarterback’s cracked ribs.
Taylor is currently suing the doctor for medical malpractice, seeking at least $5 million, according to copies of the original lawsuit obtained by ESPN and subsequent documents related to the case.
When asked Friday about going through possible treatment options and how much he had in mind about Taylor’s situation, Herbert said, “every situation is different.”
“You have to see what’s best for you,” Herbert said. “I’m definitely going to do everything I can to prepare and be ready to play on Sunday. At the same time, it’s important to rest, relax and get things going.”
Herbert, a third-year pro, hasn’t missed a beat since taking over for Taylor.
The Chargers are 1-1 and Herbert has thrown for 613 yards and six touchdowns with interceptions.