In somewhat harrowing news, it’s come to light that the LA Chargers team doctor, while administering a pain-killer injection to Tyrod Taylor’s ribs shortly before kickoff on Sunday, punctured one of the quarterback’s lungs in the process.
So as it stands, the complication was actually a huge, huge mistake.
The Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured his own quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s lung just before kickoff Sunday while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to the quarterback’s cracked ribs, league and team sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2020
Taylor was set to make his second start of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs before mysteriously coming down with chest pain that sent him to the hospital during Sunday’s game.
After learning these details, Anthony Lynn’s hard stance on Taylor being the team’s quarterback if he’s “100% healthy” now make a bit more sense. It was the sensible thing for the head coach to do because no one wants to see their starting job lost due to a medical mishap by your own team doctor.
I’m not sure how long the usual recovery time is for a punctured lung, but I highly doubt that Taylor will be healthy enough to go out and play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. I think it’s going to be another week of Justin Hebert for the Chargers in what many fans hope will be another exhilarating outing this Sunday.
It also remains to be seen if there is any legal ramifications that come about from this situation. As of now, doctors have advised Taylor to not play “indefinitely”, which is a scary thought for a veteran who may have played his final game for the Chargers if this turns out to be a worst-case scenario-type situation.
Per ESPN’s report, The NFL Players Association is investigating the situation and seeing what further steps they should take in the matter. Their assistant executive director, George Attalah, has already taken to Twitter to announce that they’ve already been in touch with Taylor and his agent to begin working on a potential case.