Report: Chargers' Justin Herbert Expected to Be OK After Hand Injury vs. Chiefs

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 26, 2021

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrates after his first career NFL touchdown pass during an NFL football game between against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will be OK after suffering an injury to his throwing hand during his team's 30-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

James Palmer of NFL Network provided more information and context.

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Justin Herbet, who hit his throwing hand on a helmet today, left the stadium with his throwing hand wrapped and iced. He finished the game and threw two TDs after it occurred. So most likely precaution

Herbert has connected on 69.8 percent of his passes for six scores, three picks and 956 yards.

The Bolts took Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft and slotted him behind veteran Tyrod Taylor on the team's depth chart to give him more time to develop.

However, Herbert started Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs after Taylor suffered a punctured lung upon receiving a painkiller injection prior to the game.

He's started ever since, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushing 55 times for 234 yards and five scores in 2020.

Herbert has a bright NFL future lined up: The 6'6", 235-pound quarterback's size is a major plus, and the 23-year-old can run a little too (560 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career).

It ultimately appears the ex-Oregon star should be fine for his team's huge Monday Night Football matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders on Mon., Oct. 4.

If he does have to miss time a some point, the Chargers would turn to second-stringer Chase Daniel.

The career backup, who has played for seven teams in 12 years, has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and seven picks lifetime.

Former North Dakota State Easton Stick sits behind Daniel on the depth chart.