The Tyrod Taylor chest injury saga continues to get worse as we get more information on the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback. On Sunday, Taylor was a last-second scratch against the Kansas City Chiefs because he had complications from a pain-killing injection.
More information on that injection was revealed by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday. Apparently, the doctor who administered the pain-killing injection punctured Taylor's lung, and now the NFL is looking into the incident.
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 pain-killers were administered to help Taylor fight off pain from a cracked rib. He was transported to the hospital as a result of the mistake and has since been released.
Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert filled in for Taylor against the Chiefs, and he impressed in his NFL debut. The 22-year-old completed 22-of-33 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown against one interception. He also had four carries for 18 yards and a touchdown.
Despite his solid performance, though, head coach Anthony Lynn has continuously stated that Taylor will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward if he's healthy enough to compete.
Taylor led the Chargers to their win in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 31-year-old completed 16-of-30 passes for 208 yards and no touchdowns in a 16-13 win.