Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to miss the team’s Week 4 game against the Buccaneers as he continues to recover from cracked ribs and a punctured lung.
It will be another start for rookie Justin Herbert, who looked good in his debut against the Chiefs and is set to take on the Panthers in Week 3. The team has remained adamant that Taylor will be back once he is healthy, but this is going to take some time. The Chargers play on Monday night in Week 5 against the Saints. Their bye isn’t until Week 10.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that a Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured QB Tyrod Taylor's lung while giving him an injection on Sunday.
What a wild story. Taylor was mysteriously ruled out just before kickoff Sunday, thrusting rookie Justin Herbert into the starting role. We now know why Taylor was ruled out and the odd circumstances leading to his absence. Herbert played well in Taylor's absence, but Head Coach Anthony Lynn stubbornly continues to insist Talyor is the starter when healthy. Taylor's timeframe to return is unclear, and it seems likely Herbert will get another start this week. Herbert starting might actually be a slight upgrade for 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.