Fractures finger, won't miss time
Herbert suffered a fractured middle finger on his left, non-throwing hand in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Raiders but isn't expected to miss any time, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The fourth-year QB's left hand got caught on the helmet of a Raiders player when he threw an interception late in the third quarter. Herbert returned for the Chargers' next possession and ended up playing all 63 offensive snaps in the contest, finishing with 167 passing yards and 27 rushing yards while accounting for three total touchdowns. With a well-timed bye on tap Week 5, Herbert will have plenty of time to recover before the Chargers return to action Monday, Oct. 16 versus the Cowboys.
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Though Ekeler remains in line to start, Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller are also expected to see work in the Chargers' backfield Sunday against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Palmer (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Ekeler may be at risk of losing out on some snaps and touches out of the backfield after Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that "competition for carries is going to be something that you can see happening," Kris Rhim of ESPN.com reports. "We're going to keep exploring, making adjustments, so that we can find that rhythm that I've been talking about," Staley said. "We know that Austin is a good running back. We just haven't found any rhythm in the last couple of weeks in the run game. Just need to keep after it and keep working hard in practice."
Coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that Kelley could see increased opportunities out of the Chargers' backfield, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Palmer (knee) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice.
The Chargers designated Palmer (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Everett snared four of his five targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.
Johnston caught five of his seven targets for 52 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Allen caught five of his nine targets for 58 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 18 yards and caught two of his three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.