The latest news about Justin Herbert's injury is good for Chargers fans.
The LA Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, and quarterback Justin Herbert could be an even bigger loss for them. Herbert was hurt, and it was clear that he was in a lot of pain. Doctors later found that he had broken rib cartilage.
Hebert was lucky not to break a rib, which can cause its own problems. That doesn't change the fact that this injury hurts a lot and could have caused Herbert to miss a game or two or just not play as well as he usually does. Even though this injury has worked out well for other quarterbacks, it was still a worry.
Chargers fans are getting nothing but good news in recent reports, which is great. Bridget Condon of NFL Network said that someone inside the building told her that Herbert was throwing on Tuesday and looked like himself.
We all know that Justin Herbert's "normal self" is a quarterback who is so good that he could win the MVP and is one of the best in the whole league in only his third season.
Even though Justin Herbert is hurt, the Chargers should still be careful.
Justin Herbert looks like he will be able to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3, but the team should still be careful with his injury. Herbert doesn't need to take extra hits out there while he's still getting better and getting used to things.
Since Brandon Staley arrived, the Chargers have been known to pass the ball a lot. It would be nice to see the running game pick up a bit more in Week 3. Even though Chargers fans will hate anything Joe Lombardi does that seems cautious, the fewer dropbacks that Herbert has to make where he can get hit, the better.
When Herbert does throw the ball, a lot of quick things should happen. I know that fans want to see Herbert make a big play, but it is better to be safe than sorry given his condition. The team should definitely step it up if the situation calls for it, but they don't need to use every play in the book right now.
The Jaguars are a better team than they were last year, and letting them hang around can be dangerous. Even so, the Chargers still have more talent and should be able to win with Herbert at quarterback. The next games are against the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns.
This part of the schedule is the easiest of the whole trip. The Bolts should use that to cut Herbert's workload by 15–20% until he is fully comfortable. They are skilled enough to do that because they know they have the QB to break glass if they need to.