Chargers assured Justin Herbert might be OK after rib damage

The Chargers misplaced 27-24 at Kansas Metropolis on Thursday to fall to 1-1.

They led for a lot of the sport, with Justin Herbert and Mike Williams offering most of the offensive highlights and the protection once more trying drastically improved from a 12 months in the past.

Listed below are some observations from one other thriller between these AFC West rivals:

Confidence in Herbert’s standing

Herbert was not made obtainable to the media after struggling a rib damage with about 5 minutes to go.

The Professional Bowl quarterback remained down after being drilled by Chiefs defensive finish Mike Danna. The hit got here as Herbert was throwing to tight finish Gerald Everett for what can be a 12-yard acquire.

Herbert left for one play, with Chase Daniel getting into and handing off to Sony Michel for a four-yard run.

Upon returning, Herbert, in apparent discomfort, threw an incomplete go as he was being hit by Frank Clark.

The extent of Herbert’s damage remained unknown instantly after the sport, with coach Brandon Staley downplaying the potential severity.

Security Derwin James Jr. additionally expressed confidence that Herbert can be OK, if solely as a result of he’s Justin Herbert.

“I know Justin will be fine,” James stated. “He’s a warrior. He’ll be good. I ain’t worried. That boy different. His blood different.”

Heart Linsley has knee damage

The strain on Herbert ratcheted up after Professional Bowl heart Corey Linsley was misplaced due to a knee damage, lacking the second half.

“I just talked to him, and he seems OK,” Staley stated of Linsley. “But we’ll know more [Friday].”

The Chargers additionally misplaced proper deal with Trey Pipkins III due to an ankle downside within the third quarter. Staley stated he didn’t know the way badly Pipkins was damage.

Will Clapp changed Linsley and Storm Norton got here in for for Pipkins.

“That’s why you create depth,” Staley stated. “That’s what we were after.… Those guys gave us a chance to compete.”

Behind the crushing interception

Kansas Metropolis’s Jaylen Watson returns an interception 99 yards for a landing.

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Everett defined that he was making an attempt to depart the sport about 4 minutes into the fourth quarter due to a sore ankle suffered within the Chargers’ season-opening victory over Las Vegas.

He had caught passes on the earlier two performs because the Chargers moved to the Chiefs’ three-yard line seeking to break a 17-17 tie.

“Just injured, playing injured,” he stated. “It happens in the game. Trying to let one of my guys come in and get me instead of me being out there hurt. But that’s how the game goes.”

With the Chargers deciding to go up-tempo, Everett was unable to depart the sphere. Herbert then threw in Everett’s route close to the aim line, the place Kansas Metropolis’s Jaylen Watson picked off the go and ran 99 yards for a surprising landing.

“I guess Justin thought I was going to box the guy out,” Everett stated. “But the DB played it pretty well. He just kind of sat on it. I tried to stutter him and get to the pylon, but the ball was in the air by the time we realized we weren’t on the same page.”

Bucking the stat pattern

Within the second quarter, Staley twice opted to punt on fourth and two — on the Kansas Metropolis 47 and 48 — when the Subsequent Gen Stats mannequin really helpful going for it.

Every time JK Scott left the Chiefs inside their very own 15-yard line and the Chargers protection pressured a punt.

Nonetheless, the selections had been notable coming from a coach whose fourth-down aggressiveness final season turned an virtually weekly theme.

“Just wanted to give our defense a chance to compete,” Staley stated. “I loved the way we were playing. I felt like that was the formula, to flip the field there.”

Excellent on fourth-down conversions

The Chargers did convert all 4 fourth downs they did go for. Herbert executed a quarterback sneak to select up fourth and one on the Kansas Metropolis 49 within the first quarter and Austin Ekeler rushed for 3 yards to select up fourth and one on the Chiefs’ 18 within the third quarter.

Each these drives led to touchdowns.

The opposite two conversions got here on the Chargers’ closing possession, Herbert hitting DeAndre Carter for a 35-yard acquire on fourth and one from the Kansas Metropolis 43 and Joshua Palmer for a seven-yard landing on fourth and aim.

The go to Carter was notably spectacular as Herbert threaded the ball alongside the seam whereas he was clearly hurting.

“That throw,” Staley stated, “was as good of a throw under the circumstances as you’re going to see in pro sports.”

Two interceptions nullified

After Asante Samuel Jr.’s obvious interception 5 minutes into the third quarter, the Chargers had been taking a look at first and 10 on the Kansas Metropolis 35 with a 17-7 lead.

However the play was overturned after video assessment.

“I thought they were going to let it stand because they ruled it a catch,” James stated. “There was a little [ball] movement. But he had his hand under the ball, so I thought it was a pick.”

Walt Anderson, the NFL’s senior vice chairman of officiating, informed a pool reporter that the ball hit the bottom.

“That was a big turning point, but there were a lot of plays in that game that I felt like changed things,” James stated. “We just gotta play better as a defense and make our plays on the ball within the rules.”

The Chargers had two interceptions, one by James and the opposite by Nasir Adderley, nullified by penalties.

Staley took exception to the decision on the Adderley play when Chargers nook Bryce Callahan was flagged for unlawful contact. Staley stated it was “an obvious offensive pass interference.”

“I mean, I’m not out there officiating,” James stated. “My job is to play football.… I’m not trying to get into a reff-ing game.”

Rust or a fantastic play?

J.C. Jackson made his Chargers debut after lacking the opener whereas he recovered from an Aug. 23 surgical process on his proper ankle. He stated he felt fantastic all through the sport, ending with six tackles.

However Jackson did get beat by Justin Watson for a 41-yard landing halfway by means of the third quarter.

“Just bad technique by me,” Jackson stated. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t beat me. I beat myself. Just poor technique.”

Jackson acknowledged that the misplay may need been the results of “just rust.” He later softened his evaluation.

“It was a great play by him,” Jackson stated. “Great offensive call by the Chiefs.”

Williams comes up huge

Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams catches a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed defends.

Chargers broad receiver Mike Williams catches a landing go as Kansas Metropolis Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed defends.

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Williams completed with eight catches for 113 yards and one landing. The landing was his seventh at Arrowhead Stadium, essentially the most by any visiting participant.

Williams additionally turned the primary visiting participant to have three consecutive video games with 100-plus yards receiving and a landing.

His efficiency got here on an evening when the Chargers had been with out Keenan Allen, who missed the sport due to a hamstring damage.

“We gave him a bunch of opportunities,” Staley stated. “We were trying to be aggressive to get him the football, get him off to a good start. I really like the way we featured him tonight. I thought he played a whale of a game.”