Chargers’ Justin Herbert gets first haircut in ages for ‘no particular reason’

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert warms up before Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
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Haircuts usually aren’t that big of a deal.

But it had been two or maybe even three years since the last time anyone took a pair of clippers to Justin Herbert’s dome.

So naturally there were questions Wednesday when the Chargers rookie quarterback appeared in front of reporters with close-cropped follicles rather than the flowing locks that had become his signature look.

Why’d you do it?

“No particular reason,” Herbert said. “It was just time. It was getting too long.”

Wait, is this an attempt to somehow change the 2-7 Chargers’ luck?


“It might look like that,” Herbert admitted. “But, honestly, it was just getting long. Time to cut it.”

Herbert said he let strength and conditioning coach strength John Lott handle the clippers.

Chargers Keenan Allen and Justin Herbert admitted the Dolphins deceiving blitz defense kept the offense confused, although coach Anthony Lynn says his team was prepared but didn’t execute.

“I think he did a great job,” Herbert said. “I wasn’t looking for anything fancy. Pleased with it.”

According to Herbert, his last haircut may have been as far back as 2017. That seems about right. Here’s Herbert during his sophomore season at Oregon ...

On the sideline, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt shakes hands with Justin Herbert.
Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, left, shakes hands with quarterback Justin Herbert on Nov. 18, 2017.
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... during the summer of 2018 ...

Justin Herbert speaks to the media in 2018.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert speaks during Pac-12 media day July 25, 2018.
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... last fall ...

Justin Herbert, in Ducks uniform, gives a fan a high-five.
Justin Herbert greets fans after Oregon beat Washington on Oct. 19, 2019.
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... in February ...

Justin Herbert speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine Feb. 25 in Indianapolis.
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... and just a few days ago.

Justin Herbert prepares to throw the football in a warmup Nov. 15.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 15.
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Herbert said he might only wait a year or so before his next haircut.

Staff writer Jeff Miller contributed to this report.