Justin Herbert played his last snap of the 2023 season.
The Chargers’ quarterback will miss the season after having surgery to repair a broken index finger on his hand, according to multiple reports.
Herbert suffered the injury during the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Head coach Brandon Staley noted on monday That the team will do what is best for Herbert and the future of the quarterback. With the Chargers at 5-8 and not much of a chance of reaching the postseason, shutting down Herbert is clearly the right move.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft, Herbert has started 62 straight games. Los Angeles signed him to a five-year, $262.5 million extension in late July, securing his future with the club.
But the 2023 season has been a disappointment for the Chargers, as the team has not been able to find much consistency on offense or defense. Herbert will finish with the same 93.2 passer rating he had last season. But his yards per game rose from 278.8 in 2022 to 241.1 in 2023.
In 13 games this season, Herbert has completed 65.1 percent of his throws for 3,134 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Easton Stick is expected to start for the Chargers the rest of the way, starting with Thursday’s game against the Raiders.
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