Chargers’ Justin Herbert Is Listed As Doubtful But Vegas Betting Markets Suggest He Could Miss Week 3


The Los Angeles Chargers keep hope that Justin Herbert will be able to play on Sundays when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team officially named him as questionable, despite being restricted on Wednesday and Thursday and not participating in practice at all on Friday. The quarterback fractured his costal cartilage late in Los Angeles’ week 2 loss to the United States chiefs in Kansas City.

Since that game was the Thursday night opener that week, Herbert has 10 days between games, but it still looks like a roll of the dice if he’ll be below center in week 3. And if you go to the betting markets, they seem to pretend it won’t be available.

As of Monday, the Chargers were a 7-point home favorite against Jacksonville at Caesars Sportsbook. That held through Thursday, but began to fluctuate dramatically on Friday afternoon, probably in response to Herbert’s failure to practice. The line fell to Chargers -6 at 2:26 p.m. ET and in the space of about half an hour the line sank to Chargers -3 and is currently at that point.

Translation: The oddsmakers think Herbert will be held out.

“I don’t know,” Herbert told reporters Friday when asked if he would play. “That’s a decision we have to make for a few more days. We’re not playing today and so we’re playing on Sunday. Whatever the plan, I know our team will be prepared and do everything they can.” That decision will be made on Sunday. I’m not ruling anything out.”

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Head coach Brandon Staley continued to say he is considering Herbert day by day and will monitor his progress leading up to Sunday. If Herbert missed the game, Staley confirmed it Chase Daniel would get started.

In his career, Daniel has started in five games and has a 2-3 record in those starts. His most recent start came back in week 5 of the 2019 season when he was a member of the Chicago Bears. In a 24-21 loss to the RaidersDaniel completed 22 of 30 for 231 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.

While Herbert’s status may be swaying the betting markets, of course his injury isn’t the only one worth following on the Chargers as a wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) is also listed as questionable after missing week 2. Starting cornerback JC Jackson (single) and start center Corey Linsley (knee) are officially listed as questionable.