The San Diego Chargers appear to have avoided what they had earlier feared — that top wide receiver Malcom Floyd tore his ACL. A Chargers spokesman told USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones Monday night that an MRI had revealed only a knee "strain" after a one-on-one collision in practice Tuesday.
ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Monday night of the Chargers' initial fears. A torn ACL would have created even more problems in an already depleted wide receiving corps. The Chargers already lost No. 2 receiver Danario Alexander to the same injury last week.
Floyd had to be carted off the Chargers' practice field on Monday after suffering what appeared to be a right knee injury.
Overall, the two injuries lead to a wealth of talent loss for the Chargers, even if Floyd is only out for a short period of time. Alexander caught 37 passes and a team-high seven touchdown receptions last season. Floyd, meanwhile, led the Chargers with 56 receptions for 814 yards. He has become quarterback Philip Rivers’s most reliable target. In the short term, Chargers will now rely on a receiving corps that includes Vincent Brown (who is returning after missing all of last season with an injury), Eddie Royal, Robert Meachem, and rookie Keenan Allen.