The Chargers were already thin at wide receiver when starter Malcom Floyd went down with an apparent knee injury during Monday's practice, according to various reports. This development comes a week after wideout Danario Alexander was lost for the season following an ACL injury.
Floyd left the field on a cart. Head coach Mike McCoy wouldn't comment on the extremity of the injury and clearly wasn't in great spirits about the possibility of the injury.
"I'm not saying we lost Malcom," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "I'm not conceding that quite yet."
Monday night's MRI showed a sprain, but ESPN's Ed Werder later reported that Floyd won't return until at least Week 1 of the regular season, even if the injury is not as serious as the team believes. Werder added that the results of the MRI will be sent to another specialist, Dr. James Andrews, to confirm the initial diagnosis.
"The reason Floyd is seeking a second opinion," Werder wrote Tuesday, "is that small tears in ligaments are often difficult to see. Floyd will not personally visit Andrews unless the doctor makes that determination after reviewing the scans. "
More details on how Floyd suffered the injury, via U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee:
Floyd was engaged one-on-one by Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright in the end zone when, following some incidental contact with Wright, the receiver fell to the ground after appearing to have his leg caught in an awkward position.
Head Coach Mike McCoy, standing nearby, immediately called for Head Athletic Trainer James Collins. At least a dozen teammates rushed to surround Floyd and knelt in apparent prayer.
After at least five minutes of being attended to on the field, Floyd was carted off, looking dejected.
Last season, Floyd led the Chargers in receptions and yards, hauling in 56 passes for 814 yards and five touchdowns. Alexander added 37 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.
If Floyd is lost for any length of time, Rivers will have to rely on embattled wideouts Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown (who missed 2012 with a broken ankle but was the favorite to start opposite Floyd), and unproven rookie Keenan Allen.