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Tyrod Taylor: ‘It hurts’ to lose starting job due to rib injury

QB says “I don’t know if it’s fair in this business”

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Tyrod Taylor
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Tyrod Taylor won’t be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants on Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Brian Daboll announced on Tuesday that undrafted free agent rookie Tommy DeVito will continue in that role, making his fourth straight start.

Taylor is less than thrilled.

Did he think the decision to start DeVito was fair?

“I don’t think life is fair,” Taylor said. “I think that’s an unfair question, to be honest. I don’t know if it’s fair in this business. Some stuff happens that is out of your control. Unfortunately, this is one of them. In the grand scheme of things this rib injury was kind of out of my control.

“Main thing is I’ve bounced back and I’m 100% healthy and if the opportunity presents itself where I’m able to go out there and perform and help this team win then I’ll be ready to do so.”

Taylor said “no comment” when asked if he was surprised by the decision to start DeVito.

Daboll said Taylor had handled the news like “a pro.”

“Those conversations are never easy, regardless of who it is, but he’s a pro whose been in this league a long time,” Daboll said. “Had a good conversation with him and it was about what you would expect. He’s a true professional.”

Taylor, a 34-year-old journeyman in his 13th NFL season, has been through things like before in his career. He played in seven games and started three in place of Daniel Jones earlier this season. He has started games for the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Giants. This is not the first time in his career he has gone down to an injury and found himself riding the bench once he got healthy.

He knows the “can’t lose your job to injury” stuff is a fallacy.

“I’ve had that happen a number of times,” Taylor said. “I’d say that statement is false. It’s the nature of the business. Obviously this league is a ‘right now’ league. It’s not a ‘what have you done?’ in the past. It’s about what makes sense right now.”

Taylor once sued a Chargers doctor who punctured his lung in 2020 while attempting to administer a pain-killing injection so that Taylor could play with fractured ribs.

“I’ve had my fair share of hiccups throughout my career,” Taylor said. “I’ve been the same person from Day 1. I’ll continue to be that person. Lead in the way that I know how to lead, help the team in the way that I help and if the opportunity presents itself again then I’ll be ready to go out there and play winning football.

“It’s tough. It’s disappointing. But it’s out of my control.”

Taylor is doing his best to be a good teammate.

“Coach felt this was the right decision for the team,” he said. “I support the decisions our coach makes, our personnel people make.

“It’s tough obviously as a competitor not being able to go out there once healthy. It hurts.”

Taylor said “no comment” when asked if he and Daboll had discussed what it might take for him to win back the starting job.

Taylor landed on IR after suffering a Week 9 rib injury against the New York Jets. He revealed on Tuesday that he had broken four ribs, with two having been displaced.