Another injury at Chargers’ camp, WR Malcolm Floyd goes down
Coincidently, both injuries occurred as a result of collisions with cornerback Shareece Wright, though the fragility of the Chargers’ receiving corps has been in question all summer, with every player at the position having some sort of injury history.
According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Floyd went down hard while running a goal route versus Wright, after getting his leg caught in an awkward position upon some incidental contact. Floyd lay on the ground for several minutes, receiving treatment from the team’s trainers, with head coach Mike McCoy watching over the entire process. At least a dozen teammates huddled around Floyd and knelt in apparent prayer. However, after five minutes of having his knee examined, Floyd was carted off the field, looking dejected.
Much like Charles, Floyd too was expected to be a heavy contributor in the Chargers’ offense, if the team had any intentions of bouncing back from a 2-wins record to a playoffs run this season.
Floyd led the Chargers’ in receptions (56) as well as receiving yards (814), and his five receiving touchdowns were second on the team last season. It was the second-straight year that Floyd had recorded 800-plus yards receiving and five touchdowns. Floyd was projected to be one of the Chargers’ starting receivers this season.
The early signs obviously don’t bode so well for Floyd’s chances of escaping a serious, injury since being carted off is never a good thing. If Floyd ends up missing time this season, it will be another huge blow to the Chargers’ receiving corps, especially after the team seemed crowded at the position earlier this offseason.
The Chargers already lost receiver Danario Alexander, who was the team’s other starter entering cam, before suffering a season-ending ACL tear last week. If Floyd too is out, then Vincent Brown figures as the No.1 receiver. Even though Brown missed a number of the Chargers’ practices with hamstring issues, he is expected to play against the Bears on Thursday. Rookie Keenan Allen could also play a bigger role in the Chargers’ offense if Floyd misses a significant amount of time.
Both young receivers – Brown and Allen – as well as veteran Eddie Royal took first-team snaps after Floyd was carted away.