The Los Angeles Chargers are down a number of key players due to injuries. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been playing through a rib cartilage fracture, while cornerback J.C. Jackson is dealing with a non-contact leg injury. In addition to these two players, running back Elijah Mitchell is also injured.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has been playing through a rib cartilage fracture
Despite his injury, Los Angeles Chargers fans should be hopeful for Herbert’s recovery. In 2014, Tony Romo was diagnosed with rib cartilage fracture, but he continued to play through it. He was able to avoid a long layoff and returned to the field a few months later. At the time, the injury was not widely publicized. Even though he was out for about four months, Romo’s season was still the best of his career.
The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has been playing through a rib cartilagge fracture in a game that ended in a defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury happened during a third-down snap with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley confirmed that Herbert sustained the fracture, which he describes as minor. He will be evaluated and is considered day-to-day.
After receiving a pain injection earlier this week, the Chargers quarterback is pushing to play in Sunday’s game. The Chargers will not play again until Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving Herbert ample time to rest and recover.
Cornerback J.C. Jackson has a non-contact leg injury
Jackson appeared to be in obvious pain and was carted off the field. The Chargers have not revealed the extent of the injury. Coach Brandon Staley called the injury “significant” and said they would assess the situation. Jackson, a former New England Patriot, recently signed a five-year, $82.5-million contract with the Chargers. He previously played four seasons with the Patriots and recorded 25 interceptions.
Jackson is expected to miss the rest of the game. The Chargers’ season will end if he is out with the injury. The injury could affect Jackson’s play for several weeks. If it’s an ACL tear, he will be out for at least some of the season. If Jackson is out for the rest of the game, the Chargers’ defense will have to find another cornerback.
The Chargers may have lost one of their best defenders after a non-contact leg injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Jackson collapsed while attempting to make a catch against Marquise Goodwin. The Seattle Seahawks went on to kick an extra point, but Jackson was carted off the field after a short time on his knee.
Running back Elijah Mitchell
The San Francisco 49ers are getting ready for a primetime Sunday game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and running back Elijah Mitchell is one of their key players. Mitchell sprained his MCL in the right knee during a 19-10 loss to the Bears on September 11. He has not played since, and he is expected to be out for a few weeks. Fortunately, he will not require surgery.
The 49ers have made a change in the backfield since Mitchell went down. The team traded Jeff Wilson to Miami and some future draft picks to the Panthers in order to acquire Christian McCaffrey, who has made a huge impact for his new team. The 49ers have now used McCaffrey, who was drafted in the sixth round of last year’s draft. He has eight carries for 52 yards and one touchdown.
Even with the injury, Mitchell could return this Sunday against the Chargers. However, Mitchell is not worth starting in any fantasy lineup. With the presence of McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel in the Chargers’ ground game, Mitchell is not an interesting option in PPR formats. If Mitchell is healthy, he could still be a flex play in binds or deep leagues, but he is a risky bet.