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Charg­ers doc­tor punc­tured QB’s lung with in­jec­tion

- Lorenzo Reyes Sports · College Sports · American Football · NFL Football · San Diego Chargers · Los Angeles · Kansas City Chiefs · Kansas · Kansas City · National Football League Players' Association · NFL · Anthony Lynn · Tyrod Taylor · Easton Stick · Cincinnati

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers head coach Anthony Lynn is de­fend­ing the team physi­cian who ac­ci­den­tally punc­tured the lung of start­ing quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor while ad­min­is­ter­ing a pain-killing in­jec­tion prior to the team’s loss Sun­day against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I’m not an­gry at all,” Lynn said Wed­nes­day. “It hap­pens. I can’t go into de­tails about it, but it was a com­pli­ca­tion with the shot. No one is per­fect. It hap­pens, but the doc­tor, I know he’s a good man. It’s just un­for­tu­nate.”

NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Ge­orge Atal­lah said the union’s “med­i­cal and le­gal team have been in touch with Ty­rod and his agent since Sun­day col­lect­ing facts” and that they have started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

Lynn con­firmed to ESPN that the doc­tor punc­tured Tay­lor’s lung.

As far as how the team would ad­dress the mishap, Lynn said the team would dis­cuss the mat­ter in­ter­nally and de­clined to pro­vide de­tails.

Lynn an­nounced that rookie quar­ter­back Justin Her­bert will start Sun­day in Los An­ge­les’ game against the Carolina Pan­thers and that sec­ond-year passer Eas­ton Stick would be the backup. Lynn also said that Tay­lor’s avail­abil­ity will be eval­u­ated on a week-to-week ba­sis.

“He is in the build­ing,” Lynn said of Tay­lor. “He’s do­ing fine. He’s help­ing out with these young quar­ter­backs and help­ing get those guys ready to play.”

Tay­lor was deal­ing with a rib in­jury suf­fered dur­ing a Week 1 vic­tory against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals, but he was ex­pected to play in Sun­day’s game against the Chiefs af­ter go­ing through his reg­u­lar warm-up rou­tine.

When the Charg­ers took the field, how­ever, Her­bert, the No. 6 over­all se­lec­tion in the 2020 draft, was un­der cen­ter, get­ting the start in a sur­prise move. Mid­way through the first quar­ter, the Charg­ers listed Tay­lor as ques­tion­able with a chest in­jury. Later in the game, the team then listed Tay­lor as out.

Her­bert com­pleted 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion and helped L.A. take the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons to over­time be­fore Kansas City pre­vailed, 23-20.

“Prior to kick off, Ty­rod Tay­lor ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­culty breath­ing and was taken to the locker room for eval­u­a­tion,” the Charg­ers said in a state­ment af­ter the game. “He was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal shortly there­after to un­dergo fur­ther eval­u­a­tion. Tay­lor (chest) has since been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal. His sta­tus for next Sun­day’s game will be de­ter­mined later in the week.”

Lynn said last Thurs­day that Tay­lor played al­most the en­tire sea­son opener with the rib in­jury and didn’t com­plain about it un­til later, de­scrib­ing sore­ness. An MRI taken last Thurs­day re­vealed the cracked ribs.

On Mon­day, Lynn de­fended the team’s han­dling of the mat­ter and said “if Ty­rod is 100 per­cent, he’s our quar­ter­back,” be­fore adding that Her­bert is “a backup for a rea­son.”

 ?? AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS ?? Charg­ers quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor will be week to week af­ter hav­ing his lung punc­tured while re­ceiv­ing an in­jec­tion.
AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Charg­ers quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor will be week to week af­ter hav­ing his lung punc­tured while re­ceiv­ing an in­jec­tion.

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