UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal suffers bruised lung, possible concussion

(Harry How/Getty Images) Eddie Royal fell onto his back while attempting to make a catch and left Saturday's practice in an ambulance. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Six-year veteran Eddie Royal became the third San Diego Chargers wide receiver to suffer a major injury on Saturday, leaving the practice field in an ambulance with what the team later called a bruised lung and possible concussion.

Royal fell onto his back while attempting to make a catch in an 11-on-11 drill. He initially got to his feet and made his way to the trainer's room before dropping to the ground, according to NFL.com's Marc Sessler.

https://twitter.com/chargers/status/368848601109123072

From the report:

Trainers treated Royal with an oxygen tank as coach Mike McCoy, general manager Tom Telesco and teammates gathered around. After an ambulance and two fire trucks arrived, Royal was loaded onto a gurney and was carted away before practice resumed.

McCoy told reporters that Royal was having trouble breathing and will be hospitalized for examination. Royal's teammates hoped for the best.

Royal, 27, caught 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown while also serving as a punt returner last season, his first with the Chargers after signing a three-year, $13.5-million free-agent contract.

He was the Broncos' second-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2008, making 91 catches for 980 yards as a rookie.

The Chargers lost their two starting receivers to injury, as Danario Alexander suffered a season-ending ACL tear on Aug. 6 and Malcolm Floyd may miss Week 1 with a knee sprain.

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again