Chargers' Justin Herbert Had Surgery on Shoulder Injury; Won't Miss Offseason Program

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 29, 2023

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a third quarter pass as L'Jarius Sneed #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers star Justin Herbert underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder last Wednesday, the team announced.

The quarterback will miss the Pro Bowl because of the injury, although he is expected to be ready in time for the team's offseason program in the spring.

Herbert appeared in all 17 games during the regular season, plus one playoff game, but injuries were a story for the quarterback.

He suffered a fracture to his rib cartilage in his team's Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was considered a game-time decision heading into Week 3, with the quarterback deciding whether to take a painkilling injection prior to the game, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 24-year-old stayed in the lineup and finished the year with 4,739 passing yards and 25 passing touchdowns. He led the Chargers to the postseason before being eliminated with a first-round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Even after an up-and-down 2022, Herbert has established himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.

The 2020 first-round pick tallied 9,350 passing yards and 69 touchdown passes in his first two seasons, compiling a 98.0 passer rating.

Herbert is now eligible for an extension in the offseason, although the Chargers might first want to make sure any injury issues are behind him.