Justin Herbert’s heart and tenacity were on full display against the Chiefs on Thursday night as the Chargers star pushed through a late-game injury in a narrow 27–24 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.
With the world tuned in for the second Thursday Night Football game of the season, Herbert battled through noticeable pain after taking a hit to his midsection on a tackle
by Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna with just over five minutes remaining. However, Herbert, surprisingly, would miss just one play before returning to the field and finishing the
game despite taking several more shots to the affected area. Herbert’s effort, while courageous, immediately brought droves of questions surrounding his health after he appeared to favor
his left side during the closing moments of the contest. Still, the third-year quarterback impressed mightily as he finished the contest 33-of-48 for 334 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
After the game, Chargers coach Brandon Staley praised Herbert’s toughness, telling reporters he expects him to be O.K. after taking some “big hits” to the chest.
Staley’s update came after multiple reports emerged saying Herbert went with the training staff to undergo x-rays.
“It was a tough game,” Staley said, per NFL Network’s Bridget Condon. “You’re not going to see a quarterback in any level of football play tougher … there’s nobody that can do what he can do.”