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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor reportedly decided not to grieve the organization after a team doctor mistakenly punctured his lung as he tried to give him an injection pain reliever in September.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the update on Wednesday:
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The NFLPA is still reviewing the issue regarding the Chargers and Tyrod Taylor, seeking to prevent a similar situation from happening to any other player in the future. https://t.co/LaoMfdY0dS
The incident occurred before the Chargers’ Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Taylor was a late scratch for the contest, and rookie Justin Herbert was propelled into his first career start against the defending Super Bowl champions on short notice.
Herbert was formidable given the circumstances, throwing for 311 yards and scoring two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing) as the Bolts almost managed to overcome the surprise in a 23-20 loss in overtime.
LA Head Coach Anthony Lynn said initially Taylor would return to the starting role when he was in good health, but Herbert’s continued and solid play turned him around in October, naming the team’s sixth overall pick and full-time starter.
“I didn’t take this decision lightly because Tyrod Taylor is a veteran quarterback with a winning record in this league, which is very difficult to do, and he’s one of the best in the game at take care of football ”, Lynn told reporters.
Taylor was medically authorized to resume football activities at the end of October.
The 31-year-old Virginia Tech product was selected by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. He went on to start with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns before joining the Chargers in 2019.
Although not the most dynamic passer, Lynn correctly pointed out his ability to protect the ball (just 20 interceptions in 72 career games and 47 starts). He recorded 70 total touchdowns (54 assists and 16 rushing) and won a Pro Bowl selection with Buffalo in 2015.
Taylor is in the final season of his two-year, $ 11 million Contract with the Chargers, and with Herbert now locked in the starting post, he’ll likely look elsewhere for an opportunity to compete for the top spot on the Depths table when he becomes a free agent in the offseason.