The quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers, Justin Herbert, was anticipated to be the conqueror who dominated the Kansas City Chiefs, but ultimately he got dominated instead. The empire of the Chargers, along with their comeback conqueror, Herbert, was defeated by the Chiefs in a close combat of 27-24. The worst part of the game was the unfortunate injury to Herbert.
Defender Mike Danna of the Chiefs hit Herbert with an ugly tackle with approximately five minutes left in the fourth quarter. The powerful collision appeared to have injured Herbert’s midsection. He remained on the ground for a few minutes before exiting the game, and Chase Daniel took over. After missing one play, Herbert came back, but he didn’t seem to be at ease moving around.
After the defeat, Staley took the opportunity to reassure the media that Herbert is “OK” and praised his warrior spirit. “He’s OK,” said Staley. “It was a tough game and you’re not going to see a quarterback in any level of football play tougher and do more for their team and will their team to give them a chance than him.
“There’s nobody that can do what he can do. Nobody. He showed a lot of guts, he showed us what he shows every day, that we’re never out of the fight, and he brought us back and gave us a chance.”
A Chargers spokesperson says QB Justin Herbert will not be available to reporters tonight, citing a rib injury.
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Herbert may have experienced a fracture to his rib cartilage, according to Staley, who confirmed this after running through a few diagnosis and reviewing the reports. It’s encouraging to hear that this is not as serious as a rib fracture, he continued. The results of the X-rays performed Thursday evening were negative, and it is thought that the quarterback for Los Angeles will recover swiftly.
On Thursday night, Herbert completed 33 of 48 passes for 334 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Keenan Allen was out due to a hamstring injury, so Mike Williams filled in admirably, catching eight catches for 113 yards and one touchdown. The Chargers attempted to recover the ensuing onside kick, but were unsuccessful.
Herbert led a nine-play, 73-yard drive late in the fourth quarter despite being visibly hurt after returning to the match. With just over a minute left, he also connected with Josh Palmer for a 7-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal to cut the margin to three points. Los Angeles had the lead in all except the fourth quarter, making it a heartbreaking loss for the Chargers.