Chargers QB Justin Herbert to Play vs. Jaguars Despite Rib Injury Suffered vs. Chiefs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 25, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws the ball during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is active and will play in Sunday's matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite dealing with a rib injury.

Earlier Sunday, it was reported the 24-year-old would make a decision during warm-ups on whether to take a "painkilling injection," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Herbert suffered a rib cartilage fracture in a Week 2 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, though he showed an enormous level of toughness and played through the injury to finish the game.

"You're not going to see a quarterback at any level of football play tougher and do more for their team and will their team to give them a chance more than him," head coach Brandon Staley told reporters after that contest. "There's nobody that can do what he can do, nobody. He showed a lot of guts, he showed us what he shows every day, that we're never out of the fight, and he brought us back and gave us a chance."

Herbert has already proved himself as one of the NFL's rising superstars at the quarterback position, throwing for 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing 65.9 percent of his passes last season.

That earned him his first Pro Bowl bid in just his second season after he took home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

If Herbert is forced to leave Sunday's game, Chase Daniel will handle things under center.