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Justin Herbert's 2023 Season Cut Short

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert's 2023 campaign has come to an abrupt end as he is set to undergo surgery to repair a broken index finger on his right (throwing) hand. NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo, and Tom Pelissero reported, citing sources familiar with the situation, that Herbert will miss the remainder of the season. The team subsequently confirmed that Herbert will be placed on injured reserve, signaling the end of his 2023 season.

The decision for Herbert to undergo season-ending surgery comes after he sustained the injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, marking a significant blow to the Chargers' season.

In the absence of Herbert, the 5-8 Chargers will turn to Easton Stick, who has limited experience with just two career appearances, to lead the team for the remainder of the campaign. Stick is slated to make his first career start on Thursday night against the Las Vegas Raiders on Prime Video.

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley addressed the situation, emphasizing the team's focus on Herbert's long-term well-being. The decision for Herbert to undergo surgery is aimed at preparing the star quarterback for a return in 2024.

The 2023 season began with high expectations for Herbert and the Chargers, as they brought in a new offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore, and secured Herbert with a substantial contract extension in July. However, the season quickly took a downturn with the Chargers losing their first two games by a narrow margin and struggling to find consistency throughout the campaign.

Herbert's season concludes with 3,134 passing yards, completing a career-low 65.1% of his passes, with 20 touchdown tosses and seven interceptions.

With a backup quarterback taking the reins and a challenging end-of-season schedule ahead, attention has turned to Staley's future with the club and the potential for changes in coaching staff as Herbert aims for a comeback in 2024.

As the Chargers navigate the remainder of the season without their star quarterback, the focus now shifts to the team's resilience and their plans to regroup for the future.

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