The Los Angeles Chargers are hoping Justin Herbert can play Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team officially placed him on the dubious list, despite him being capped on Wednesday and Thursday and not participating in practice at all on Friday. The quarterback suffered a costal cartilage fracture at the end of the second week in Los Angeles in a loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Since this game was the first on Thursday night that week, Herbert has 10 days between games, but it still seems like it’s a dice roll if he plays center in week three. And if you ask the betting markets, they seem to act like it’s not available.
As of Monday, the Chargers were the home favorite against Jacksonville on Caesars Sportsbook with 7 points. This continued until Thursday, but changed abruptly on Friday afternoon, probably due to Herbert not training. The line dropped to Chargers -6 at 2:26 pm ET and within about half an hour the line dropped to Chargers -3 and is currently at that point.
Translation: The bookies think Herbert will last.
“I don’t know” Herbert told reporters on Friday when asked if he would play. “This is a decision for which we have a couple of days left. We don’t play today, so we play on Sunday. Whatever the plan, I know that our team will be ready and will do everything in our power.” This decision will be made on Sunday. I don’t exclude anything.”
Head coach Brandon Staley went on to say that he considers Herbert a day-to-day and will be monitoring his progress until Sunday. If Herbert did miss the game, Staley confirmed that Chase Daniel would get the start.
Daniel has started in five games in his career and has a 2-3 record in those starts. His last start came in the fifth week of the 2019 season when he was a member of the Chicago Bears. In a 24–21 loss to the Raiders, Daniel completed 22 of 30 for 231 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.
Of course, while Herbert’s status may rock the betting markets, his injury isn’t the only one to keep an eye on for the Chargers, as wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) is also listed as questionable after missing week two. ) and starting center Corey Linsley (knee) are officially dubious.