Whether or not Justin Herbert should have played with his rib cartilage injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars today, he did – and he didn’t play well.
Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers lost big today as Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars destroyed their defense in a 38-10 win. The game was completely out of reach by the start of the fourth quarter – but that’s when fans started to get angry.
Herbert remained in the starting lineup for the Chargers even after the game was clearly out of reach. With Herbert still battling his rib injury, fans are furious that the Chargers allowed him to continue playing.
Many are rebuking head coach Brandon Staley and the rest of the organization for putting Herbert at risk when the outcome of the game had already been decided:
Justin Herbert finished the game 25 of 45 for 297 yards and a touchdown with an interception and a lost fumble. He was dismissed only once.
The Chargers showed absolutely no reluctance to throw the ball too high in this game.
Despite how painful it is believed, the extent of Herbert’s injury may have been exaggerated. While not the best number, being forced to throw often could have made a big impact on him today.
Should the Chargers have kicked Herbert out of the game when he clearly lost?