Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor Ruled Out For Panthers After Team Doctor Punctures Lung

Panthers To Face Chargers Rookie QB Justin Herbert On Sunday

While the Panthers will be without starting running back Christian McCaffrey for at least the next three weeks with an ankle injury, the Chargers’ starting quarterback will miss a second straight game after a bizarre injury.

Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game after a Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured his lung while giving him an injection in his ribs for pain.

The incident happened between the pregame warmups and kickoff, so Taylor’s backup, rookie QB Justin Herbert got the call moments before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Herbert threw for 311 yards and had two total touchdowns in his NFL debut, before the defending Super Bowl Champions came back to win 23-20 in overtime.

The Panthers defense has seen what the rookie can do, and head coach Matt Rhule says he has a lot of respect for Herbert.