LOS ANGELES — A largely uninspired Sunday afternoon for the Chargers turned even more so when they lost Justin Herbert in the second quarter to a fractured right index finger.
Herbert left the game late in the second quarter and did not return as Easton Stick finished out a 24-7 loss to Denver at SoFi Stadium.
Herbert suffered the injury to his right hand when he was hit after throwing a pass. Chargers coach Brandon Staley confirmed the nature of the injury after the game.
The Broncos repeatedly pressured the Chargers' quarterback, sacking him four times through the game's first two quarters.
The loss dropped the Chargers to 5-8 and likely ended whatever limited playoff chances remained for a team that has vastly underachieved this season, leading to wide-spread speculation of sweeping changes in the coming months.
Late in the third quarter, chants for Staley's firing could be heard.
Staley is in his third season — with a record of 24-23 — and took the Chargers to the playoffs last year. But his team blew a 27-0 lead at Jacksonville in the wild-card round and lost 31-30.
General manager Tom Telesco also has been under fire of late. He's in his 11th year, with his teams winning only two playoff games.
The expectation remains that ownership will allow the rest of the season to play out before making any decisions. But the Chargers certainly are performing like a team in need of a significant reset.
Herbert finished Sunday nine of 17 for 96 yards, finding favorite target Keenan Allen only one for three yards before departing.
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