Chargers Team Doctor Accidentally Punctured Tyrod Taylor's Lung With Needle Before Game

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2020

Justin Herbert saw his first career National Football League game last week after Tyrod Taylor suddely couldn't play, but no reason was given for his sudden absence. He ended up with a punctured lung.

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. Taylor is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers as well.

However, a report from ESPN states that the team medic accidentally punctured Taylor's lung while administering the injection, causing the player to be ruled out of the game literally seconds before kickoff and forcing a visit to a nearby medical facility. The injection that Taylor received is not entirely uncommon, but it carries a risk because a doctor injects without seeing where the needle is going.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor couldn't play in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after being injured by a team physician.

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Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has publicly backed Taylor as the starter, so long as he's healthy.

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.

Taylor also abruptly lost the starting job in Cleveland to No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield in Week 4 of the 2018 season. For another week, at least, it doesn't seem that will be the case.

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