Chargers trainer Anthony Lynn sounded surprisingly casual when asked if a team doctor accidentally punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor's lungs while doing breast treatment on Sunday.
The injury kept Taylor from taking on the Chiefs and will prevent him from playing for the foreseeable future (although he is reportedly not an IR candidate at this point). It could prove career-changing for Taylor, whose setback opens the door to rookie Justin Herbert to take his job.
But Lynn didn't see the matter in those important terms.
"I'm not angry at all," Lynn told reporters. "It happens."
Anthony Lynn on the mistake made with Tyrod Taylor's pregame injection: "I'm not angry at all. It happens." # Charger
– Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 23, 2020
# Chargers trainer Anthony Lynn on Tyrod Taylor's situation: "I'm not angry at all. … Nobody is perfect. … The doctor is a good man. It's just unhappy."
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 23, 2020
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Every medical procedure carries a risk, even if it is a routine pain injection. Things actually happen.
But that doesn't mean they should happen or that such a mistake is excusable. As part of the CBA, Taylor has no legal protection for breakdowns by team doctors. He's unlikely to be able to make amends for any form of damage if his punctured lung changes his career dramatically.
While Lynn shouldn't be expected to publicly ruin the Chargers medical staff, his tone could probably have better understood what a big deal it is to accidentally puncture a starting quarterback's lungs.