Everyone cringed when they saw the hit that Malcolm Floyd took in the week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Charger fans waited in silence to see if he would get up and walk off the field. While he wasn’t able to get up and walk, fans and rivals alike breathed a sigh of relief as it appeared he would be okay. He was carted off the field on a stretcher, and brought to a hospital for further observation. The Eagles linebacker who made the hit, DeMeco Ryans was fined $21,000 for striking the defenseless receiver in the head and neck with his shoulder.
According to ESPN, Floyd sported a neck brace last week, and he is undergoing further examination. Coach Mike McCoy said, “He’s getting better,” which is good news for Charger fans. “You guys will laugh when I say this, but he’s taking it day by day to kind of just get back to where he needs to be. I’m not going to set a timetable on it right now today. He’s going to be in. I’m going to sit with the doctors again this afternoon, and kind of figure out exactly where he’s at, and see where we’re at moving forward.”
With the Chargers backfield looking a little weak, we all hope that Floyd will recover soon, and be able to get back on the field.
In the meantime, the Chargers have brought in wide receiver David Nelson, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, to work out. The Floyd injury looked like it could be quite serious, so this might be a sign that number 80 won’t be back for a while.
According to BoltBeat, although Nelson is coming off of an ACL injury in 2012, his 6’5” stature would be a great fit for the Chargers. Nelson practiced with the Cleveland Browns in the offseason, but was cut from the team before the season began.
The Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, September 29th at 1:25 p.m. PT. If you are watching the game in Southern California, the game will be broadcast on FOX. If you aren’t able to get to a TV, you can listen to the game on the Charger’s Radio Network!
#BoltUp Charger fans!
UPDATE: Malcolm Floyd is out for the rest of the season.
Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (neck) is out for the season, per agent Buddy Baker.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) October 1, 2013
The Chargers are expected to sign Lavelle Hawkins to help with their return game. Hawkins is entering his sixth NFL season, spending parts of this past offseason with the New England PAtriots and the San Francisco 49ers. His best game of the preseason was, ironically, against the Chargers, where he caught four balls for 62 yards and one touchdown.