Report: Painkilling injection punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

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We heard that Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was a last-second scratch from last Sunday’s game against the Chiefs because he had complications from a painkilling injection he was taking due to injured ribs.

More information about those complications came to light in a Wednesday report. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Taylor’s lung was punctured when the team’s doctor was administering the injection. Schefter adds that the NFLPA is looking into what happened.

Taylor had to go to the hospital as a result of the mistake and has since been released. Head coach Anthony Lynn said earlier this week that the quarterback was progressing well in his recovery.

Lynn also said that Taylor is going to be the team’s starter over rookie Justin Herbert if he’s 100 percent. Wednesday’s report creates doubt that he’ll be back to that point by Sunday’s game against the Panthers and more good outings for Herbert could lead to a change in plans from the coach. That would make an already painful situation that much worse for Taylor.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m. ET: The NFLPA has confirmed that they are investigating the circumstances of Taylor’s injury.

61 responses to “Report: Painkilling injection punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

  1. get well soon Tyrod, im sure Chargers fans wont mind if you take your sweet time recovering. You could even sit out the whole year if you wanted

  2. this is the ugly side of the NFL that they don’t want to talk about…the bottom line is if you need injections to play then you should not suit up…its just as bad as helmet to helmet hits but the league does not want to admit that…

  3. NFLPA check on the Eagles Medical/Training staff too would you? They have to be last in the league. Get well Tyrod!

  4. He’s still the starter so the team “Can Save Face” or still the starter to avoid a possible lawsuit? How could you start him after Herbert basically went toe to toe with the SB Champions?

  5. If his ribs were not good enough to play, then he shouldn’t be playing. I get he’s not trying to lose his starting job, but have to put your health and future as a priority.

  6. xbam says:
    September 23, 2020 at 11:58 am
    this is the ugly side of the NFL that they don’t want to talk about…the bottom line is if you need injections to play then you should not suit up…its just as bad as helmet to helmet hits but the league does not want to admit that…

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    Do you even watch football? It’s a violent game that is based on human to human collision. There isn’t a single player in the NFL that doesn’t play with pain or some sort of injury. Some injuries are not life, career, or even threatening enough to prohibit from playing week to week but do and can require pain killers. SMH.

  7. “Lynn also said that Taylor is going to be the team’s starter over rookie Justin Herbert if he’s 100 percent.” How could he be after cracked ribs and a punctured lung?

  8. If I’m Tyrod ; The Los Angeles Tyrod Taylor’s would be the new name after my Lawyers are done with them … This has LAWSUIT written all over it !

  9. I’d hate to be a player seeing that team doc when dealing with a high ankle sprain.

    “Doc, what’s the hand saw for?”

  10. Someone sneeze during the procedure? Seriously, any pneumothorax created by needle puncture of the lung would be miniscule. Of greater concern is of a substance being injected into the lung tissue. Dont know how frequently intercostal injections are done in the locker room, but a few simlle precautions can minimize risk of this happening.

  11. darcrequiem says:
    September 23, 2020 at 11:51 am
    How the heck does something like this happen!? They need a new doctor….I mean wow man. I’m stunned.
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    This does happen often with injections, unless you are doing it in a lab with X-rays, I would say it’s uncommon but it definitely does happen.

  12. Pack your Bags coach ! If you’re hitching you’re wagon to Tyrod out of loyalty then you’re doomed ! After Herbert’s solid performance after being baptized by fire how can you NOT start him again ??? Play the hot hand and let him learn. The rest of the league knows Taylor can’t/won’t stretch the field. Good luck !

  13. It’s a known risk fully disclosed to patients. The lung is 2 millimeters away from the front of the needle when it goes near the nerve of the rib. It’s a known risk and nothing to do with malpractice.

  14. kyzmyn2 says:
    September 23, 2020 at 12:17 pm
    Someone sneeze during the procedure? Seriously, any pneumothorax created by needle puncture of the lung would be miniscule. Of greater concern is of a substance being injected into the lung tissue. Dont know how frequently intercostal injections are done in the locker room, but a few simlle precautions can minimize risk of this happening. ________________________________________ Have you ever had someone accidentally stick a needle in your lung? I’m guessing Tyrod Taylor wouldn’t call it “miniscule”

  15. Team doctors work for Team ownership. The built-in conflict of interest has resulted in a book-length history of ‘questionable’ medical practices.

    One example comes to mind: Luck

  16. THings they dont tell you about in the NFLPA meetings, and aren’t in the Players Handbook.
    Taylor did not look well on the sideline.
    Modern-Day “North Dallas Forty”

  17. What else can Lynn say?

    Do you understand the lawsuit the Chargers would face if Taylor lost his starting job because of what amounts on an on-the-job injury caused by team negligence? Especially if that injury ends his career?

  18. From what I’ve read about this story, that’s a risk any time this type of injection is administered. It’s definitely unfortunate but I don’t believe it’s criminal nor because of incompetence.

  19. Injections are part of the game and are done many times on a weekly basis. Why? Because they work. Does not take an Einstein to figure that one out. Whoever administered it in this case can start looking for another gig as I’m sure they won’t take that chance in him/her doing that again. And if Taylor’s ribs were that bad to begin with they should have had Herbert ready to go anyway, and in fact it looked like he was and should be going forward. It’s the head coach who needs to be examined next over some of those play calls in the fourth quarter and punt during OT basically giving KC the win.

  20. Time to clear out the medical staff. There is such a thing as injury luck but when you’re on the wrong side of it for an extended time it points to something beyond mere luck. This lung puncturing is a very visible event but what other mistakes are happening that we never hear about because they all get lumped into “luck”?

  21. Obviously something didn’t make sense Sunday afternoon for that game. Get well soon, and demand a trade asap if possible. One where the team doctor has at least an ounce of credibility.

  22. So it wouldn’t be toradol (ketoralac), an anti inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen/Naloxone) as that is not injected for local effect- its given deep intramuscular.

    If I was a guessing man, they were trying to get localized pain control via ?anesthetic like bupivacaine or lidocaine given the location.

  23. “Fire the doctor.”
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    Assuming a doctor was even involved. Not sure about injections but a story a couple years back on painkiller abuse said that unlicensed training staff were doling out narcotic pills by the handfulls without doctors even being present.

  24. How about waiting a while instead of having firm opinions before virtually any of the facts are not known?

  25. A cracked rib can lead to even more internal injuries if damaged further — with that injury Taylor should not even have been suiting up.

  26. The rib injury will keep him out longer than a small pneumothorax. I trust he gave consent for the local injection and that should mean he accepted the risk of the known complications including pneumothorax. He is likely more focused on getting back on the field than pursuing any kind of lawsuit.

  27. “How about waiting a while instead of having firm opinions before virtually any of the facts are not known?”
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    That would suppose there is some set of circumstances where accidentally sticking a needle into somebody’s lung would be considered acceptable. It can happen but it’s rare across the board and when dealing with top-level doctors like who you’d expect to be working with NFL players it should be just about unheard of.

  28. I’m no doctor but I’ve pulled a lot of lungs out of deer….. I can’t see how a needle could cause much actual injury to a lung. Maybe the medication coming out of the needle hydraulically ruptured a larger area or something.

  29. charliewaffles2020 says:
    September 23, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    How could this happen? Didn’t the doctor have a mask on?

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    He did, but it was covering his eyes.

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