Just before the Kansas City Chiefs played the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, we got news no one was expecting: the Chargers said that their starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor wouldn’t be playing in the game because of a chest injury sustained just before the game.
This was surprising, to say the least. Taylor (pictured above with head coach Anthony Lynn on Sunday) was dressed for the game and was on the field during pregame warmups. Whatever had occurred had taken place after that.
Chargers’ QB Tyrod Taylor hurt his chest after pregame warmups today, right before kickoff. His return today is questionable. https://t.co/NARpmIq8Rm— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2020
With Taylor out, Los Angeles started their quarterback of the future: Justin Herbert, who was chosen was the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft in April.
If you were wondering how a player could possibly have a chest injury after pregame warmups — or if the Chargers were trying to pull a fast one — you weren’t alone. On Monday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport explained what happened: