Chargers' Tyrod Taylor out 'indefinitely' after team doctor accidentally punctures lung
Sep 24 2020
Taylor was set to start the Chargers' Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs but was surprisingly sidelined after pregame warmup due to a chest injury, forcing Herbert to make his National Football League debut.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was unable to play on Sunday because of an unexpected injury he sustained before kickoff, and it sounds like it was a somewhat frightening one. The Chiefs kept the Chargers scoreless in the extra period which led them to a tight 23-20 victory in the Week 2 matchup. Taylor is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers as well.
If Taylor just got Wally Pipp'd because his own doctor punctured his lung?
The NFL Players Assn.is investigating the medical mishap.
Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that Taylor was unexpectedly ruled out last week after a Chargers' doctor punctured his lung while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to his cracked ribs.
Doctors are understood to have cautioned against Taylor returning to the field "indefinitely", though the Chargers organization has rallied behind their man and said that he remains the team's starting signal-caller.
It was initially reported that Taylor had experienced difficulties breathing prior to kickoff and was taken to the hospital Sunday for further evaluation. Herbert was the No. 6 pick overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Chargers' coach Anthony Lynn has said veteran Tyrod Taylor, who started in Week 1, would be the starter if he was 100 percent healthy.