According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, head coach Anthony Lynn has officially made rookie quarterback Justin Herbert the starter going forward.
While there was little doubt that Herbert had done enough to keep the job even when Tyrod Taylor was healthy, Lynn was hesitant to make the permanent switch official when Taylor was recovering from a punctured lung at the hands of team doctors. Taylor knew that he was a stopgap solution for the Chargers, but the way what is likely his last starting role ended has to leave a bad taste in the mouths of all involved. Herbert has been impressive since he took over under center, and is the QB10 from Week 2 through Week 4. Herbert is our 19th ranked quarterback for Week 5.
This news is hardly surprising in light of the shocking reports this morning about a team doctor inadvertently puncturing Tyrod Taylor's lung before the game last Sunday. Herbert threw a bad interception in Week 2, but otherwise looked poised in his first NFL start by racking up 311 yards and a touchdown through the air while adding another score on the ground. Herbert taking over the starting job might actually improve the outlook of the Chargers skill players in fantasy.
Lynn did not elaborate on what led to Taylor being hospitalized, but he said the quarterback was home Sunday night and at practice Monday. Reports say he had a bad reaction to an injection. Lynn insists Taylor will start over Herbert if healthy, despite Herbert shining in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Other reports say Lynn said Taylor gives the team the best chance to win.