Tyrod Taylor is the main character in a tragedy Shakespeare wishes he could've written. The man has defied the odds with regularity, first by becoming an NFL athlete at all, and then working his way up from a 2011 sixth-round pick to a quarterback worthy of a starting job on several different teams. And every time he has earned that starting job, he has been railroaded and ended up on the bench. It has happened time after time.
The 2020 season was supposed to be the best chance Taylor had yet of holding down a starting job in the medium-term. The Los Angeles Chargers were adamant from the moment they drafted Justin Herbert at No. 6 overall that Taylor was going to be their starter for this season. That's the kind of thing teams say all the time before benching the presumptive starter in favor of the draft pick who is supposed to be the future of the franchise. But the Chargers stuck to their word, and Taylor started Week 1.
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Then Week 2 came along. Herbert was told he was starting 10 or so minutes before the game began. News later broke that Taylor had to go to the hospital. Nobody knew what happened until Adam Schefter reported the following week that Taylor missed the game because the team doctor had punctured his lungwhile attempting to administer painkillers.
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Taylor was declared out indefinitely while he recovered from this 'oopise' from the team doc. Herbert played in Weeks 2-4 and looked pretty good. Good enough for Anthony Lynn to go back on what he had been telling media in that timespan and declare Herbert the starter going forward, as Schefter reported today.
That's just brutal. It's the second time Taylor has lost his job after suffering an injury and the third time he lost his job to a rookie quarterback. Just as the concussion he suffered in Cleveland that led to Baker Mayfield's ascendance to the top of the depth chart wasn't his fault, the team doctor puncturing his freaking lung was not his fault either. But the end result is the same. Taylor is once again the forgotten man.
Just another reminder that the NFL is a harsh and cruel landscape. All that glitters is not gold..
If you thought that Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was already a brutal time for injuries (and it certainly was)… well, we’ve got another one for you. And this is not at all good.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Chargers’ team doctor was trying to administer a pain-killing shot to quarterback Tyrod Taylor before the team’s game against the Chiefs… and accidentally punctured one of Taylor’s lungs. Taylor was trying to play despite cracked ribs, but that’s why the Chargers had to put rookie Justin Herbert out there against the defending Super Bowl champs with no notice whatsoever.
Taylor suffered the injury in the Chargers’ Week 1 win over the Bengals, but per Schefter, he didn’t have an MRI until later in the week. Instead of playing through the injury, Taylor had to be hospitalized for some obvious breathing issues.
Doctors have now told Taylor that he will be out “indefinitely,” which means you won’t likely see him against the Panthers this Sunday.
This also explains why Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was so adamant about the fact that Taylor was still his starting quarterback, despite the fact that Herbert held up pretty well against the Chiefs — were Taylor to lose his starting role due to his own team’s medical malfeasance, that could be an actionable event.
Per Bleacher Report’s Kalyn Kahler:
“Don’t get me wrong, I thought what Justin did, I thought he came in and gave us a chance to win. But there is a lot you don’t know and there is a lot we didn’t get done with Justin on the field yesterday. He is a backup for a reason. He is a rookie and there is a lot he needs to learn about this game. Tyrod is a veteran guy, I have had him before. I know what to expect from him and what he is going to get done. If Tyrod can’t go and we have to go with Justin, I am perfectly content with that. I know we can win with either quarterback, but the veteran quarterback right now gives us the best chance to win. And it’s not like we won the damn game yesterday. We lost, last time I checked.”
Lynn is a standup guy, and what else is he going to say back before this story came out?
Also this, from NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah: