Backup Easton Stick to Start Against Unidentified Opponent
The Los Angeles Chargers have a challenging week ahead, as they prepare for “Thursday Night Football” without their star quarterback, Justin Herbert. According to ESPN, Herbert is not expected to play after consulting with Dr. Steven Shin to assess the severity of his injury.
Short Rest Not Enough for Herbert’s Finger Injury
Although the extent of Herbert’s injury remains unknown beyond this week, the short rest between games is not sufficient for a finger injury on his throwing hand. As a result, Easton Stick will likely step in as the starting quarterback.
Herbert Injured in Game Against Broncos
The injury occurred during the Chargers’ game against the Denver Broncos, when Herbert was hit by lineman Zach Allen in the second quarter. While Herbert managed to complete a pass, he was immediately seen favoring his hand and subsequently headed to the locker room. He was later ruled out of the game.
Herbert’s Determination to Return
Despite the setback, Herbert expressed his commitment to returning to the field as soon as possible. He confessed that his hand did not feel right and mentioned wearing a splint on his finger. The quarterback’s dedication to his team is evident as he stated, “if there’s any chance to play, I’ll do everything I can to be out there.”
Chargers Struggle with Inconsistent Season
The Chargers find themselves in a difficult position this season, currently holding a 5-8 record. With a highly competitive AFC playoff picture, their chances of making a postseason run seem slim. Despite Herbert’s impressive performance, completing 65.1% of his passes for 3,132 yards with 20 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, the team has struggled to find consistent success on both sides of the ball.
The Chargers will face an unidentified opponent on Thursday night, with Easton Stick under center as they strive to overcome the absence of their star quarterback.