A doctor from the Los Angeles team accidentally pierced the lung of the quarterback Tyrod Taylor just before the start on Sunday, while he was trying to inject a painkiller injection into the cracked ribs of the quarterback, sources from the league and the ESPN team said.
That’s why Taylor didn’t start on Sunday, and quarterback rookie Justin Herbert unexpectedly did so against defending champions Kansas City Chefs, in a deal that is likely to continue Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and most likely thereafter.
It also helps explain why Chargers coach Anthony Lynn strongly supported Taylor on Sunday night and again this week. Many coaches believe that no player should lose their job due to injury ̵
The NFL Players’ Association is investigating the medical accident, sources said, seeing what steps it should take next. An NFLPA official declined to comment Wednesday on Taylor’s punctured lung.
The injection Taylor received is not uncommon, but is considered a blind injection and carries a risk. However, rarely does the player suffer from a punctured lung from the injection, especially just before the start.
Taylor suffered two cracked ribs earlier during Chargers’ Week 1’s victory over Cincinnati Bengals, but he did not receive an MRI of the injury until later this week. Taylor was added to Chargers’ rib injury report, but after he was a full participant in practice that day, the quarterback was removed from the report.
He planned to have an injection for pain from a rib injury on Sunday, but after Chargers’ doctor punctured his lung, Taylor was hospitalized Sunday night to treat the injury and the struggle he was breathing.
Doctors advised Taylor not to play “indefinitely.” The chargers wanted Taylor to start this week, but doctors are against it.
One of the reasons the chargers want Taylor to continue, as their quarterback is its production and reliability. He has a winning record as a starting quarterback, has not turned football in week 1 and has the trust and respect of his teammates.