Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) moves out to pass against the defense of Denver Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper (0) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers QB Justin Herbert (finger) out for rest of season

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will miss the remainder of the regular season after he undergoes surgery to repair a broken right index finger on his throwing hand, the team announced Tuesday.

The Chargers said Herbert will be placed on injured reserve with four games remaining on the schedule. He has started 62 consecutive games, marking the second-longest active streak by a quarterback behind only Buffalo Bills star Josh Allen (84).

Easton Stick will be under center for Los Angeles (5-8), which will look to keep its faint playoff hopes alive on Thursday against the host Las Vegas Raiders (5-8). The Chargers currently reside in 12th place in the AFC.

Herbert, 25, left Sunday’s game against Denver in the second quarter after throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-2 at the Broncos’ 29-yard line. The Chargers initially ruled him questionable to return before determining he couldn’t continue.

Herbert was just 9-of-17 passing for 96 yards and an interception before exiting. Stick went on to complete 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards.

Herbert fractured a finger on his left hand in Week 4 and hasn’t missed a start. He has thrown for 3,134 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven picks in 13 games this season.

Herbert is 30-32 as a starter since being drafted with the No. 6 overall pick in 2020. He has completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 17,223 yards with 114 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. He was the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl in 2021.

Stick, 28, has completed 14 of 25 passes for 183 yards in two career games since being selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media