News: 4 days agoHerbert underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder Wednesday, but the team expects him to be cleared for the Chargers' offseason program, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Spin: Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Herbert popped up on the injury report with a left shoulder injury following the Chargers' win over the Rams in Week 17. Herbert finished the contest with 212 yards and two touchdowns but was replaced by Chase Daniel in the fourth quarter. Herbert didn't appear limited by the issue during the regular-season finale against Denver or the wild-card loss to Jacksonville, as he finished with 273 yards in both games and had three total touchdowns during that stretch. The third-year quarterback was an alternate for the Pro Bowl, but he'll sit out the contest and set his sights on preparing for the 2023 regular season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Herbert already had the look of a long-term fantasy star during an impressive rookie season in 2020, but the Oregon product took his game to another level last season. Herbert finished no lower than third among QBs in pass attempts, completions, yards, TDs and, of course, fantasy points. Herbert's passing output was obviously outstanding, but he also added some value with his legs, ranking top 10 in carries, yards and TDs. Defensive enhancements could lead to less late-game throwing from Herbert this season, but the Chargers operated the game-script-adjusted fourth-pass-heaviest offense last season, and a loaded AFC will mean plenty of close games. Herbert is on the short list of QBs with a strong shot to lead the position in fantasy points this season.