Report: Tyrod Taylor won't file grievance against Chargers for collapsed lung mishap

Liz Roscher
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor reportedly won’t be filing a grievance against the Chargers and the team doctor over a pregame pain injection that went awry, collapsing his lung and putting him out of commission for over a month.

It’s unclear what Taylor’s reasons are for reportedly declining to file a grievance, but if anyone had a case to file one, it’s him. Taylor was the Chargers’ starting quarterback, a role that eluded him in recent years, but started only in Week 1. Minutes before the Chargers’ Week 2 game, the pain injection collapsed his lung and his backup Justin Herbert made the emergency start.

Herbert was an instant success on the field. He has started every game since Week 2 and was officially crowned the starter before Week 5. Even though the injury was an off-field accident that was ostensibly caused by the team doctor, Taylor lost his starting job and has appeared only briefly in one game since his recovery.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the NFL Players Association is still looking into the incident.

It’s unclear how something like this could be prevented, especially since the exact details of the incident haven’t been released. But a mishap like that doesn’t have to have a specific reason or cause. Doctors are humans, and humans make mistakes. We expect the best from them at all times because they hold our lives in their hands, but not even they can be perfect.

Unfortunately for Taylor, this mistake cost him his starting spot and brought his career to a standstill.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor speaks to the media after defeating the Bengals in Week 1. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

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