COSTA MESA, Calif. - Even when Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor returns to full health, he will no longer be the team's starting quarterback.
Taylor was injured over two weeks ago when a team doctor punctured his lung while administering a pregame injection to numb pain from a broken rib.
On Thursday, Los Angeles head coach Anthony Lynn announced that rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will be the team's starter moving forward, beginning with the team's Monday night matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
"I did not take that decision lightly because Tyrod Taylor's a veteran quarterback with a winning record in this league which is very hard to do and he's one of the best in the game at taking care of the football," Lynn said. "I thought it would have been ideal for us to play this year with Tyrod Taylor as the starter and Justin to watch and learn similar to what Patrick Mahomes did in Kansas City, but it didn't work out that way.
"[Herbert] got thrown in the fire and I thought he handled the situation well and I want to see more of him. It's not gonna be a situation where he's looking over his shoulder. He's our starting quarterback. He makes a bad play, has a bad game, he's our starting quarterback."