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Chargers activate Joshua Palmer as Justin Herbert officially heads to IR

One of Justin Herbert’s top wideouts will return to the field this week just has he’s heading off of it.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

With Justin Herbert now out for the remainder of the season, the Chargers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they are placing their starting quarterback on injured reserve. In a corresponding move, they are activating wide receiver Joshua Palmer. Palmer hasn’t played since Week Seven they they beat the Chicago Bears at home.

The return of Palmer is music to the ears of backup quarterback Easton Stick who now gets back one of the team’s top wideouts ahead of his four-game gauntlet he must face to end the 2023 regular season.

In his two-plus quarters of action against the Broncos, Stick threw for 179 yards with no touchdowns, including a 57-yard bomb to Quentin Johnston, and led the Chargers to their only scoring drive of the game. Johnston had his best game of his career on Sunday, catching three passes for 91 yards.

Before landing on injured reserve, Palmer had recorded 23 receptions for 377 receiving yards and a lone touchdown.