Many people were puzzled at the start of the Los Angeles Chargers game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday when they saw Justin Herbert starting at quarterback instead of Tyrod Taylor.
It was later stated by the team that Taylor had suffered a freak chest injury before the game and couldn’t play. According to new reports, it appears that one of the team’s doctors accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while trying to administer an injection.
Taylor apparently had a cracked rib and wanted to play through the injury The doctor was giving him a pain-killing injection before the start of the game, which is when the accident occurred.
The injury is probably going to keep him out of Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers as well.
Rookie quarterback Herbert, who expected to sit and learn from the veteran Taylor this year, found out that he was starting against the Chiefs just seconds before kickoff.
Herbert played admirably and was almost able to squeeze out a win against the defending Super Bowl champions, losing 23-20 on a last-second field goal.
If Herbert has another excellent performance this week against the struggling Panthers defense, it could be an uphill battle for Taylor to reclaim the starting job once he’s healthy again.