Justin Herbert | Fractured rib cartilage | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 3
Herbert finished the game on Thursday night with fractured rib cartilage.
It's an extremely painful injury and will require multiple weeks to heal. Any rotational movement will be difficult, even with padding and pain management. NFL players commonly try to play through these injuries, however. Herbert will have ten days of treatment and the benefit of a home game rather than needing to travel next Saturday.
The Chargers have worked through a similar injury with a starting quarterback. The team's medical staff attempted a pain-killing injection to help Tyrod Taylor play through a rib cartilage injury during the 2020 season. Complications from that procedure caused a collapsed lung and a multiple-week recovery for Taylor. The same medical staff will be managing Herbert's injury and it's too soon to know whether Herbert will be comfortable with a similar injection.
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