The San Diego Chargers practiced without two of their wide receivers yesterday. Malcom Floyd sat out practice with a groin injury while Eddie Royal suffered with a hamstring problem.
According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner said “We were a little bit limited today, but I’m comfortable we’ll have our guys.”
Floyd played in one full season since he joined the Chargers in 2004. Floyd has not missed a game so far this season while he leads San Diego with 20 receptions and 358 receiving yards.
Former Denver Broncos return man/wide receiver Royal was brought in to help San Diego improve on their punt returns. San Diego averaged 8.5 yards per punt return last season which ranked 22nd in the NFL. Royal averages 11.4 yards per return for his career which ranks third among active players trailing former Buffalo Bills return man Roscoe Parrish and Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester.
Royal leads San Diego in punt returns with seven this season, but he is averaging 5.4 yards per return. San Diego averages 5.8 yards per punt return as a team which is tied for last in the NFL.
Robert Meachem leads San Diego wide receivers in touchdown receptions with two, but he is on pace for 509 receiving yards this season which would be second among San Diego receivers in this category.
Floyd is on pace for 1,146 receiving yards and ranks 22nd among all players in receiving yards per game. Floyd ranks third among active players in yards per reception for his career while he is seventh among all players this season. Floyd is the only Charger who averages at least 40 receiving yards per game this season, so it could be a big problem if he misses Monday’s game against the Broncos.