INglewood, CA – It was an embarrassing loss for the Los Angeles Chargers, stunned by one incredibly baffling decision.
With 4:54 left in a 38-10 defeat of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert – 10 days after he fractured his pectoralis – take to the field at SoFi Stadium to play the Final Series.
“He wanted to be there with his teammates,” said Chargers coach Brandon Staley. “He was satisfied and wanted to finish the match.”
Reporters asked Staley 20 questions during a seven-minute and 30-second press conference after the game. More than half of the questions were about Herbert and the risk the franchise quarterback takes to staying in the game.
“I understand your entire line of questioning, and I do,” Staley said. “Justin is going to feel that way when he’s out there playing. This injury is going to be there for a while. If you guys know the injury, it’s not like he’s going to feel better next week or the week after. That thing that’s going to be around for a while. He felt good today and we’re going to continue managing it. the best we can.”
Staley said he “definitely” had a chat with Herbert about staying in the game and confirmed that the quarterback was adamant he wanted to continue.
“I just didn’t want to pull out of the team,” Herbert said.
When asked if he needs to protect the quarterback, the No.6 player in the 2020 draft that the organization has built the Super-Bowl roster around, of himself, Staley said, “Absolutely.”
“Throughout the match, it was the first thought during the match and at the end of the match, so trust me, no one thinks about it more than me,” Staley said.
For his part, Herbert reiterated that he did not want to resign when asked how he balanced his decision to continue playing versus staying on the sidelines to protect himself from further injuries.
“It’s what the team needs,” said Herbert, who finished 25 of 45 for 297 yards and touchdowns, with an interception and a missing sack. “Sometimes you have to put your goals and everything up front, or behind the team and I think that’s the most important and I felt safe out there and didn’t want to leave my team.”
Herbert, 24, was playing without a star future Kenan Allenwho is nursing a hamstring injury, and behind a cobbled attack line allowed six quarterback and sack hits.
The shipper was also dealing with several other serious injuries.
back corner JC Jacksonwho signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in free agency, missed his second game of the season as he continues to recover from ankle surgery last month.
The Charger drops to 1-2 and goes on the way to play the Houston Texans (0-2) and the Cleveland Browns (2-1).
Herbert said he knows he will play on Sunday “maybe right before kick-off.”
“I had a feeling I was going in and seeing how I felt,” Herbert said. “Before the warm-ups, it was fine, so I was going to handle it.”
When asked if he had received an analgesic injection before the match, Herbert refused to provide an answer.
“Even though I take care of my body, I think that’s one of the things I want to keep private,” Herbert said. “I trust the medical staff. I trust the coaching staff. They won’t put me in danger. It felt safe, and they felt safe, so I was going to go out there and play.”
Herbert hasn’t missed a game since taking over in the second week of 2020, when he was a starter at the time Tyrod Taylor He was disqualified just minutes before the game after sustaining a punctured lung when the team doctor, now also caring for Herbert, attempted to give a painkiller injection to help his cracked rib.
This doctor has been sued for medical malpractice by Taylor, who is seeking at least $5 million, according to copies of the original lawsuit and subsequent files related to the case obtained by ESPN.
Against the Jaguars, the Chargers fell 13-0 in the second quarter after the Jaguars scored 10 turnovers, including an interception thrown and a sack missing.
Herbert bounced back to lead a nine-race, 75-yard run that capped with a 15-yard touchdown pass to the receiver. Mike Williams In the corner of the end zone.
Herbert also completed a superb 54-yard pass to Gayton to open the second half, resulting in a 25-yard field goal to make it a one possession game before Jaguar retired for good.
“He was throwing football really well,” Staley said. “Protection – the rush was there today forcing him to speed up at times, but he threw the ball really well there today.”
“It was by no means a great day,” Herbert said of his performance.
But when asked how does he feel physically? “I feel good, thanks,” Herbert said.