Brandon Taylor says he isn't wired to be on the bench.

But he looks built to handle and overcome it.

A difficult season for the Chargers safety may pass without playing a snap. While still on the 53-man roster, he's been effectively shut down, sources said Wednesday, as the team operates in the best interests of a second-year player coming off January reconstructive knee surgery.

Taylor will have a second operation on that right knee after the season. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament when making his first NFL start in December 2012 against the Jets.

This less invasive, arthroscopic procedure has yet to be scheduled. It could take place as early as January.

Taylor, a former third-round pick from LSU, will rehab this offseason in San Diego.

"It's very tough, knowing you've come from a place where you're a three-year starter," Taylor said. "Football is a job, but I look at it — I always try to stay positive about every situation. Coming from a school where you've been a leader, you know you've got to be a team player and don't pout. Running around to the coaches every day, 'When can I play? When can I play?' that's not being a team player, knowing we've got players out there who are 100 percent healthy, and they're helping the team.

"I'm not really 100 percent healthy, and I know that if I mess up, ... that's being a selfish player. I just want to come back and be on the field when I'm 100 percent, knowing I can help the team 100 percent."

Taylor had hoped to contribute in 2013.

The Chargers, for that matter, had hoped so, too.

A setback came in August, days after Taylor made his exhibition debut versus the Cardinals. There was a special teams drill in training camp, an onside kick that Taylor was designed to chase down and catch.

There was some apparent confusion on the play. Taylor jumped for the ball and, as he detailed it, a young offensive lineman cut him.

"He hit my leg, and then I landed on my bad knee," Taylor said. "It was a double bang-bang."

Amid fear of a torn meniscus, an MRI revealed no structural damage.

The 23-year-old has been a full participant in practice since September. He has, however, dealt with swelling that has affected his explosiveness. The knee scope is expected to resolve that issue.