REPORT: Doctor Treating Justin Herbert’s Rib Injury Is Same Doctor Being Sued By Tyrod Taylor For Puncturing Lung With Rib Injection

The Los Angeles Chargers are already facing an injury to their current star quarterback, but now a former QB is now suing their current team doctor.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tyrod Taylor has filed a lawsuit against David S. Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. As you may remember, Tyrod suffered a punctured lung in 2020 after Gazzaniga administered a painkiller injection for a rib injury in 2020.

He is seeking at least $5 million, with the lawsuit alleging that the lung injury hampered his potential free-agent value the following offseason.

“As he returned to free agency, he entered as a back-up quarterback as opposed to a starting quarterback,” the lawsuit says. “The economic difference between a starting quarterback’s salary and a back-up quarterback salary is at least $5,000,000 and is more than likely much greater. The exact amount of such past and future loss is unknown to [Taylor] at this time, and he will ask leave of this Court for permission to amend this Complaint to set forth the total amount when ascertained.”

Taylor was unable to play again that season because Justin Herbert took the job in Week 2 and finished as Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Following his two seasons with the Chargers, Taylor signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans worth up to $12.5 million.

Gazzaniga remains the Chargers’ lead doctor and will be in charge of the care given to Herbert as he deals with fractured rib cartilage suffered in Thursday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Taylor did not file a grievance against the Chargers in the initial aftermath of the matter.