After a brutal hit that caused him to be carted off the field, Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd is in a neck brace and out indefinitely.
During the game Floyd was sandwiched between two defenders after catching a pass from Phillip Rivers. The sandwich hit by DeMeco Ryans and Nate Allen got Floyd in the head/neck area. He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Coach Mike McCoy did have good news about Malcolm Floyd after the game, telling reporters, “all the tests right now look good. It’s great for the organization to go out and get a win for Malcom.” The Chargers beat the Eagles 33-30 on a long field goal by Nick Novak.
The loss for the Chargers is a big one. He was over 100 yards on the day before the hit. San Diego will have to rely on Eddie Royal to put up big numbers until Floyd’s return. If early signs are any indication that shouldn’t be a problem.
Royal has five touchdowns in two games this season. That matches his total from the last three seasons. Royal should see tougher coverage now though.
Malcolm Floyd is expected to be in a neck brace for at least a week. He is currently getting a second opinion on his neck. Because his initial CT scan came back negative, the Chargers are hopeful he won’t miss more than three weeks.
It’s never easy to see a player get carted of the field. Even harder is when you’re the player responsible for the hit. After the game DeMeco Ryans said, “Just praying that he was OK, that it wasn’t too serious of an injury. It’s hard any time you hit a guy. You’re not trying to cause injury on anyone. It was just an unfortunate bang-bang play that happened. I was just praying that everything goes well and that he’s OK.”
Here’s a look at the hit:
The Chargers are being careful with Malcolm Floyd by having him wear a neck brace this week. Luckily it looks like he will be okay. He flew back to San Diego with the team. It will be good to see him back on the field in a few weeks.
[image via M P R | flickr]