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Chargers to start QB Herbert with Taylor out

Field Level Media
24 Sep 2020, 05:55 GMT+10

Rookie Justin Herbert is the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers for at least another week with Tyrod Taylor out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Taylor is not 100 percent healthy and said he is "helping prepare" Herbert for his second career start. Lynn also said that Taylor played through a rib injury in most of a Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Taylor reportedly suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection to dull the pain in his ribs. A team doctor injected Taylor before the Chargers played the Kansas City Chiefs last week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"I'm not angry at all," Lynn said Wednesday. "The doctor is a good man. ... It's unfortunate."

Taylor, 31, was scratched just before kickoff Week 2 when the team said the veteran quarterback experienced breathing difficulties and later went to the hospital.

According to Schefter, doctors have advised Taylor to stay off the field "indefinitely." The NFL Players Association is investigating the situation.

"Our medical and legal team have been in touch with Tyrod and his agent since Sunday collecting facts," George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the union, tweeted Wednesday. "An investigation has been initiated."

Lynn said Monday that Taylor will remain the starter as long as he's healthy.

In his debut as a starter, Herbert was unfazed and nearly led the Chargers to an upset of defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City before the Chiefs prevailed 23-20 on a 58-yard overtime field goal by Harrison Butker.

Herbert, the first-round pick (sixth overall) from Oregon, completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown along with one interception. He also rushed for a score.

Taylor started the Chargers' season-opening 16-13 victory the Cincinnati Bengals and was 16-of-30 passing for 208 yards. An MRI later in the week showed he suffered two cracked ribs in that contest.

--Field Level Media

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