The NFLPA continues to evaluate its legal options after a Los Angeles Chargers team doctor punctured the lung of quarterback Tyrod Taylor while administering a pain-killing injection before Week 2's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"They punctured his lung before the game," an NFLPA source told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. "That isn't even in question. The team isn't disputing it. And it cost him his starting job. Those are the facts and they speak for themselves. They gave him a shot with his pads on 20 minutes before kickoff."
La Canfora added that "no decision imminent" because the NFLPA still has a window next month to take action against the Chargers.
The NFL's collective bargaining agreement prevents Taylor from filing a malpractice lawsuit against the Chargers. However, the union can file a grievance on Taylor's behalf, saying the team caused him physical and/or financial harm. The team could then be forced to compensate Taylor for potential lost wages.
In the final season of a two-year, $11 million contract, Taylor could have been in line for a solid mid-tier contract if he performed well as the team's starter. The Chargers were forced to install rookie Justin Herbert as center due to the medical mishap, and the Oregon product has soared ever since. Herbert will remain the starter for the remainder of the season, barring injury, which limits Taylor's ability to impress other teams.
Filing a grievance could create a schism between Taylor and the team, and as La Canfora notes, it's possible he will want to return as a backup in 2021. Taylor and Chargers coach Anthony Lynn have a relationship dating to their time together in Buffalo.