Anthony Lynn defends Chargers medical staff after bonkers injury to Tyrod Taylor
The Los Angeles Chargers may be under the magnifying glass after a peculiar injury to quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The veteran quarterback will remain on the sidelines for a while after a freak accident involving a Chargers’ team doctor that flukily punctured Taylor’s lung upon giving him a pain-killer medicine for his ribs injury.
The initial report was that Taylor had hurt or further injured himself during warmups before the Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, hence the sudden decision of starting quarterback rookie Justin Herbert. As the Chargers now possibly find themselves under investigation following the head-scratching injury, head coach Anthony Lynn has came to the defense of his staff.
“I’m not angry at all,” Lynn told reporters during a virtual news conference on Wednesday. “It happens, you know. Like I said, I can’t go into details about it. But it was a complication with the shot. No one’s perfect. . . . It happens. The doctor, I know he’s a good man. It’s just unfortunate.”
Upon the unfortunate cause to Taylor’s injury comes the effect. According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the normal recovery time for this particular injury extends beyond 4-6 weeks before the body can do any extraneous activity. As hopeful as Lynn was to have his veteran quarterback return to action, he will be tasked with implementing Herbert more than he originally anticipated.
Medical experts I've asked about the Tyrod Taylor situation say lung puncturing is a known risk on those injections and happens every so often. Almost never dangerous, usually resolves in a week or two, but some docs recommend avoiding strenuous activity or contact for 4-6 weeks.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) September 23, 2020
For Herbert, the ample playing time comes at an unfortunate expense. However, with a minimum of at least six weeks before Taylor can return, Herbert can continue to improve while gaining experience from the increased playing time. He’ll also be able to prove to Lynn why he may be the better option at QB1 for the long haul.