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.
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.