Chargers Coach Lynn: Team Doctor Accidentally Punctured QB Taylor’s Lung; Justin Herbert to Start Sunday
If you read the first half of the headline and either audibly shouted “wait WHAT?!” or you just doubted that you read it correctly, you’re not alone.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out the Tyrod Taylor news Wednesday morning, and I was shocked.
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
The injury is not career-threatening, according to Chargers coach Anthony Lynn. Doctors are advising Taylor not to play “indefinitely.”
How does this even happen? Apparently, it’s something that is a known risk, albeit rare.
During SportsCenter on Wednesday, former Lions quarterback and ESPN Analyst Dan Orlovsky said he’s received treatment similar to the kind Taylor was supposed to receive.
Orlovsky revealed that the doctors would tell him pre-injection that there is a chance of suffering a punctured lung.
What this means for the LA Chargers is former Duck Justin Herbert will start on Sunday.
“Justin Herbert will start at quarterback. I’m looking forward to seeing him play with a week of preparation knowing he’s going to be the starter.” #GoDucks #ProDucks https://t.co/y5Wni7Uqat
— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) September 23, 2020
Apparently, the NFLPA is already working on their investigation.
Our medical and legal team have been in touch with Tyrod and his agent since Sunday collecting facts. An investigation has been initiated. https://t.co/HuLFVivoyN
— George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) September 23, 2020
Former Super Bowl champion Ryan Harris disclosed: “little known fact … Per [the Collective Bargaining Agreement] when [a] player accepts team medical care they can not sue…” yikes.