Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was scratched just prior to kick off last Sunday, and the reason appears to be a misstep by the team’s doctor.
According ESPN, the Chargers’ team doctor punctured Taylor’s lung while trying to administer and injection intended to ease Taylor’s pain associated with multiple cracked ribs he sustained in a previous game.
The puncture resulted in Taylor missing his start Sunday in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coach Anthony Lynn said the injury is not career threatening for Taylor.
"It happens," Lynn told ESPN. "Tyrod's not angry, not upset."
The NFL Players Association is investigating the accident.
"Our medical and legal team have been in touch with Tyrod and his agent since Sunday, collecting facts," Atallah tweeted Wednesday. "An investigation has been initiated."
Taylor suffered two cracked ribs during the first drive of the Chargers’ Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Taylor played through that game, but after his lung was punctured by the doctor on before Sunday’s game, Taylor ended up in the hospital.
Doctors have now advised that Taylor not play “indefinitely.”