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Justin Herbert avoids the worst with rib injury suffered on Thursday

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Quarterback Justin Herbert looked like he was in serious pain on Thursday night, but it seems like he and the Los Angeles Chargers avoided the worst.

Head coach Brandon Staley on Friday told reporters that the quarterback suffered a fracture in his rib cartilage and is day-to-day.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert lays on the ground after being hit during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.
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“Good news better than having a fracture of his bone,” Staley said of the injury, adding that Herbert can practice next week.

Herbert was injured in the fourth quarter in Thursday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His injury stopped the game, so he was forced to be taken out. While he only missed one play, he was in clear discomfort for the rest of the night.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna puts a hard hit on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna puts a hard hit on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.
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On one play, Herbert had some open field to gain yards on the ground, but he opted to throw the ball away and not risk further injury. However, he still managed to drive the Chargers down the field to bring them within one possession of tying or taking the lead. But Dustin Hopkins' ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.

Despite the injury, Herbert had a quite impressive stat sheet, as he completed 33 of his 48 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. But his lone interception became a 99-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter that gave Kansas City a lead they never relinquished.

Trainers attend to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.

Trainers attend to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday.
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Chargers backup Chase Daniel handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel in his lone snap, but if Herbert needs to miss time, the team will have to rely on Daniel to do a whole lot more than that.

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