Early Monday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that quarterback Tyrod Taylor has officially been medically cleared to return to the field in full. For the last two weeks, the former starter has been a limited participant in practice for precautionary reasons, but it looks like he’ll have no restrictions going forward.
#Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor, out about a month with a punctured lung, has been medically cleared, source said. While Justin Herbert remains the starter, Taylor could return as the backup vs. the #Jaguars if the week of practice goes well.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2020
This is quite the progress made by Taylor whom, at the time of the accident, was told by doctors to effectively stop playing football for the foreseeable future. It was a bad break for the veteran as this wasn’t the first time he lost his starting job due to an injury or other unlucky occurrence. Taylor may have had a chance to return as the starter given the team’s 1-4 record, but the team’s four-straight losses have not been due to underwhelming quarterback. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.
Going forward, although Justin Herbert is the solidified starter, it’s good to know that if an injury were to sideline the rookie, the Bolts would be able to avoid any potential bumps in the road with an experience player waiting behind him.