The San Diego Chargers got a huge scare in Monday after the team’s top receiver Malcom Floyd went down with a knee injury that appeared serious. Many feared the worst, but an MRI revealed that his injury was a “strain” and not a torn ACL. Floyd will undergo further testing on Tuesday.
It’s unknown how long Floyd will be out, but it’s probably safe to assume the Chargers won’t risk Floyd during the rest of preseason. The team isn’t exactly prepared to see Floyd sit for a long period of time, having just lost their other starting receiver Danario Alexander for the season (torn ACL) less than a week ago.
What was once the Chargers’ most talented and deepest position has quickly gotten extremely thin. Depending on how long Floyd is out, Vincent Brown, by default, will be promoted to the team’s No. 1 receiver, with rookie Keenan Allen likely starting opposite him and Eddie Royal remaining in the slot. Brown and Allen are very talented but have close to no NFL experience between the two of them. Plus, the two and Royal come with their own injury concerns. Brown missed all of last season with a broken ankle and missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury, Allen’s draft stock dropped due to a knee injury that forced him out of the final three games in college, and Royal has a history of groin and hamstring issues.
I suggested the Chargers explore the option of signing Brandon Lloyd following the Alexander injury, and should now be even more inclined to sign the veteran receiver. Lloyd, 32, has been productive – and durable – over the last three seasons, and played under Mike McCoy with the Denver Broncos. His familiarity with McCoy’s system would definitely help him make a smooth, fast transition, which is necessary especially this late into training camp. Whether or not Floyd misses any of the regular season, Lloyd would be a solid addition, especially with all the injury concerns at wide receiver.