Justin Herbert finished out the Los Angeles Chargers' 38-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday despite being just 10 days removed from suffering a fracture to his rib cartilage.
"He wanted to be out there with his teammates," Brandon Staley said of the decision to send Herbert out for the team's final offensive series. "He felt good and he wanted to finish the game."
Staley took 20 questions during a seven-minute and 30-second postgame news conference. More than half of the questions were about Herbert and the risk the franchise quarterback faced by remaining in the game.
"I understand your entire line of questioning, I understand it," Staley said. "Justin is going to be feeling like this when he is out there playing. This injury is going to be there for awhile. If you guys know the injury, it's not like it's going to feel better next week or the week after that. This thing is going to be present for awhile. He felt good today and we're going to continue to manage it the best we can."
Staley said he "definitely" had a conversation with Herbert about remaining in the game and confirmed that the quarterback was adamant that he wanted to continue.
"I just didn't want to quit on the team," Herbert said.