Tyrod Taylor sued Los Angeles Chargers team doctor David S. Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. according to court documents obtained by ESPNafter Gazzaniga accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while trying to inject painkillers into Taylor’s ribs.
Two years ago—nearly to the day—Taylor was forced to miss a Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, giving then-rookie Justin Herbert a chance to grab the job and never give it up. Taylor, who entered the year as a starter for the Chargers, played another snap in 2020.
Taylor, 33, who signed a two-year, $17 million contract with the New York Giants this spring, claimed in a lawsuit that he suffered “intense physical pain that resulted in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional stress and other past suffering.” . and suffering.” His lawyers added that Taylor also lost potential earnings due to his reserve status.
“When he returned to free agency, he became a backup quarterback, not a starting quarterback,” Taylor’s attorneys said in the lawsuit. “The economic difference between a starting quarterback’s salary and a backup quarterback’s salary is at least $5,000,000 and likely much more. The exact amount of such past and future losses is not known. [Taylor] at that time, and he shall ask this court for permission to amend this complaint to indicate the total amount when it is fixed.”
Taylor signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with $2.5 million guaranteed after the 2020 season to become the Houston Texans’ backup quarterback, but ended up becoming a starter after the Texans benched Deshawn Watson following his accusations in sexual harassment. Taylor started six games for the Texans in 2021 but missed several games with injury before being benched for then-rookie Davis Mills in Week 13.
The lawsuit also accuses Gazzaniga of “medical battery” and alleges that Taylor “failed to obtain proper and accurate informed consent prior to injecting the anesthetic” and thus “constituted medical battery.”
Gazzaniga is still a member of the Chargers medical staff and coincidentally treated Herbert for a broken rib on Thursday night, also in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Herbert is considered day by day with an injury.
Taylor, meanwhile, is an understudy in New York for Daniel Jones in his 12th NFL season.
The lawsuit will begin next April after it was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021.