Tyrod Taylor

LA Chargers: The ramifications of Tyrod Taylor’s punctured lung

Alexander Insdorf
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers during warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers during warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM ) – LA Chargers
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The medical staff and investigations

David Chao is no longer the team doctor for the LA Chargers, but he does have a history of medical malpractice with the team. The rest of his fraud-filled career in medicine doesn’t help either. While this recent incident seems purely accidental, the LA Chargers will not have many people giving them the benefit of the doubt due to their past.

The Chargers need to fully comply with the impending NFLPA investigation. George Atallah, an NFLPA official, said that he’s been in contact with Taylor and his representation. An investigation has been initiated, per Atallah:

Our medical and legal team have been in touch with Tyrod and his agent since Sunday collecting facts. An investigation has been initiated. https://t.co/HuLFVivoyN

— George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) September 23, 2020

In order to move forward as a franchise, the Chargers either have to be cleared of wrongdoing or make changes on the medical staff should the NFLPA deem them necessary. Player safety and the medical staff have to be the main concerns for the Chargers. There’s no tenable way to continue as a football organization if there isn’t player confidence in the medical staff.

Things could also theoretically become ugly from a legal standpoint if they choose to not make the proper changes and/or not clear this up as professionally as possible in the media. How the Chargers handle the investigation, as well as the rest of the 2020 season, will have far-reaching consequences.

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