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Justin Herbert’s grit isn’t enough as Chiefs rally past Chargers

Quarterbacks Justin Herbert of the Chargers and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs speak after Thursday night’s game in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the team to beat in the AFC West. They made that clear Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo., as they rallied to overcome the Los Angeles Chargers, 27-24, in a rugged game at Arrowhead Stadium that marked the beginning of the NFL’s streaming gamble on Amazon.

But what was already a bad night for the Chargers could turn out to be far worse, if the injury suffered by third-year quarterback Justin Herbert keeps him sidelined for more than the one play he missed Thursday.

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Herbert returned to the field and showed his fortitude by throwing a late touchdown pass. But he clearly was bothered by what the Chargers called an abdominal or possible rib injury. Herbert reportedly underwent X-rays following the game but was not made available to reporters. The Chargers provided few immediate details about his condition.

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