If it were up to the Los Angeles Chargers, Justin Herbert would not be playing on Sunday out of fear of further injury.
As ESPN reports, the Chargers' medical team has "encouraged" Herbert to think long-term in weighing his decision, as his rib cartilage injury can last several weeks to several months.
Herbert is attempting to wear a rib protector, however it cannot entirely safeguard him when he rotates in a throwing motion.
If Herbert plays, he will be taking a pain injection with the assistance of an ultrasound imaging monitor. The doctor can hit the weak spot at the right part of his body with this technology.
Herbert did receive the injection on Thursday and had mixed results during practice, as ESPN reported.
If Herbert is unable to play, Chase Daniel will get the start for the Chargers.
Daniel has only started five times in his thirteen-year career as a backup quarterback, and none since 2019.
So far in his career, he has completed 68.2% of his passes for 1,694 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions (85.0 rating). He has only attempted 261 passes in his career.
The Chargers are aware that the season is composed of 17 games, so whether or not Herbert plays on Sunday will be at his discretion.
If Herbert plays, it's reasonable to think he will experience a lot of pain and could make the injury worse.
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