Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Rookie QB Herbert to remain starter for Chargers

Rookie Justin Herbert will be the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward, coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday.

Lynn confirmed that Herbert will get the nod for the Chargers (1-3) in Monday’s road game against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) even if veteran Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active.

Taylor, 31, started Los Angeles’ 16-13 win over Cincinnati in the season opener and was poised to do the same against Kansas City in Week 2, but he sustained a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.

Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, came on and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown against the Chiefs. The 22-year-old Herbert threw for a season-high 330 yards the following week against Carolina and tossed three touchdown passes in a 38-31 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

A four-year starter at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions, including 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six picks as a senior in 2019.

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