It was a scary scene at Chargers camp yesterday when receiver Malcom Flloyd went down with what many naturally assumed to be a torn ACL, the same type of injury that felled fellow Chargers wideout Danario Alexander this training camp.
So when it was reported that Floyd simply has a strained knee it was the best of a bad situation for Chargers fans who can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they won’t be losing a crucial part of their passing attack for an entire season.
Still even with the injury not being as serious, the Chargers are expecting that Floyd will be out for a decent chunk of time and that he will be out until at least Week One according to Ed Werder of ESPN.
Source tells me Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd won’t return until at least Week 1 even if injury not serious as team believes.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 13, 2013
Standing at 6 5′, Floyd is a big target for quarterback Philip Rivers and it shows in his numbers. Floyd has had 12 catches of 20 yards or more in his past four NFL seasons, showing his value to San Diego’s offense as one of their only big targets that pose a downfield threat.
2012 saw Floyd start 14 of the Chargers 16 games, catching 56 passes for 814 yards and five touchdowns in what was a down year for Rivers at quarterback. This year with a new coach and a better atmosphere it was expected that Floyd would be one of the Chargers standout pass catchers.
Instead the Chargers are going to have to rely on rookie Keenan Allen and the veteran Vincent Brown to shoulder the load while Floyd rehabs his strained knee. Eddie Royal and Rob Meachem fill out the other two main options for the Chargers at wideout now that Alexander and Floyd are both out, something that head coach Mike McCoy was definitely not planning for heading into Week One.
It is a setback for the Chargers not having Floyd for the rest of the preseason and having him deal with a lingering knee strain when he does return, but they will also feel awfully lucky as everything came close to crumbling all down yesterday when a second receiver almost was lost for the season with a torn ACL.