Justin Herbert’s heart and perseverance were on full display against the Chiefs on Thursday night as he pushed the Chargers star through an injury late in the game in a tight 27-24 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.
With the world set for a second Thursday night football In the match of the season, Herbert experienced notable pain after being hit in the middle after an interference from Chiefs defensive end Mike Dana with just over five minutes remaining. However, surprisingly, Herbert only missed one game before returning to the field and ending the match despite taking several more shots into the injured area.
Herbert’s efforts, though valiant, immediately brought up many questions surrounding his health after he appeared to favor his left side during the closing moments of the competition. However, the sophomore quarterback hit hard as he finished 33 of 48 for 334 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
After the match, Chargers coach Brandon Staley praised Herbert’s strength, telling reporters he expected to be fine after taking some “big punches” to his chest. Staley’s update came after multiple reports emerged that Herbert had gone with the coaching staff to get x-rays.
“It was a tough match,” Staley said, According to Bridget Condon of the NFL,. “You won’t see a midfielder at any level of football that is tougher…there is no one who can do what they can do.”
After his initial hit on the blow from Dana, Herbert appeared to struggle with his movement once he was back on the field.
After running into a 10-point shortfall, the Charger started to walk the field again. However, at one point while driving, the pain looked like he was too naked as the visibly shaken Herbert chose to throw the ball away as he rolled to his right with a few yards of space separating him from the first touchdown with 2:11 Togo.
The Charger continued to move forward, though, as Herbert orchestrated a nine-game 73-yard touchdown drive that saw him complete a few impressive throws, including a seven-yard strike for Josh Palmer. But, in the end, the latter’s gap effort proved too little, and it was too late as Los Angeles failed to secure the side kick, allowing Kansas City to run out of time.
While it remains unclear if Herbert’s injury is considered serious, he will have a week and a half to rest and recover in preparation for the third week.
The Charger will host Jaguar cars on September 25th at 4:05pm ET.
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