The Chargers’ star franchise quarterback Justin Herbert has headed to the locker room with a finger injury that he suffered at the end of the Chargers’ 4th down conversion attempt in Denver Broncos territory. The broadcast did not show what happened initially but a replay showed he was hit on the pass attempt as his throwing hand connected with Zach Allen’s body as he came through for the pressure and subsequent hit. After this he was seen shaking out his right hand. He is officially questionable to return.
injury update: Justin Herbert (finger) is questionable to return.— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) December 10, 2023
Easton Stick, the Chargers’ backup quarterback, is in the game attempting to get some points on the board in a two minute drill. The Chargers drafted Stick in 2019 out of North Dakota State university and before today he had thrown one regular season pass attempt.
Needless to say that if Herbert is not able to return it will have a major impact on the outcome of this Week 14 game where the Bolts are losing 7-0 with the clock running out in the second quarter. Long term this is a very significant injury as his right index finger is vitally important for a right handed quarterback so even if the Bolts find a way to win and stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt, there will be great concern for the remainder of the season.
Update: Justin Herbert is now officially out for the remainder of this game.
Justin Herbert (finger) has been downgraded to OUT.— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) December 10, 2023