Los Angeles Chargers starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed their Week 2 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs due to sustained chest pains to which he had difficulty breathing. He was eventually taken to the hospital after the team concluded their pre-game warmups prior to kickoff.
It was revealed that the team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor's lung which caused the pain, according to ESPN Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter via Twitter:
The Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured his own quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s lung just before kickoff Sunday while trying to administer a pain-killing injection to the quarterback’s cracked ribs, league and team sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2020
The ten-year veteran's absence on the field slotted rookie Justin Herbert in the game as he officially made his professional debut. With the former Oregon standout playing under center, the Chargers were able to hold a comfortable lead by the end of the first half.
However, the veteran experience and cohesion of the reigning Super Bowl champions brought them back to the game and took the game to overtime. The Chiefs kept the Chargers scoreless in the extra period which led them to a tight 23-20 victory in the Week 2 matchup.
Despite the loss, the Los Angeles-based squad was able to hold a valiant stand against a tough opponent without their starting quarterback in the offense.
The rookie playmaker in Herbert performed well in his first game for the team and generated a total of 311 passing yards on 22-of-33 passes completed along with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Wide receiver Keenan Allen also chipped in 96 receiving yards on 7 catches along with tight end Hunter Henry who garnered 83 yards on 6 receptions.
Tyrod Taylor is currently recovering from his injury and was already discharged from the hospital. His status for the team's Week 3 encounter against the visiting Carolina Panthers is still yet to be known.