San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was carted off the field two days ago with a right knee strain and could be out until next month. According to U-T San Diego beat writer Michael Gehlken, “A source close to Floyd said Tuesday he can’t imagine the 10th year veteran will be able to play before the team’s Sept. 9 season opener against the Houston Texans.”
Floyd has a history of injury problems because the only time that he played in all 16 regular season games was in 2009. Floyd is still valuable to San Diego because he ranked second in receiving yards and touchdown receptions in 2010. Floyd led the NFL in yards per reception and led San Diego in receiving yards per game in 2011.
San Diego lost their best receiver when former St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander tore his ACL last week, and he will miss the entire 2013 season. It was reported by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter that San Diego believed Floyd tore his ACL as well before the diagnosis of a knee strain.
The Lighting Bolts ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last year, so they need Floyd to stay healthy to have a chance to improve. Floyd signed a three-year extension worth $11 million last year, so San Diego got a discount if he is able to stay healthy.
Floyd’s season-high in receptions and receiving yards last year was six and 109 against the Tennessee Titans. Floyd could have had an even more productive season if San Diego’s rushing attack was a threat, but they ranked 27th in rushing yards, 31st in yards per attempt and last in rushing touchdowns. This would have taken pressure away from Floyd and Alexander.
According to an ESPN article, Floyd is going to get a second opinion about his knee, but I expect him to be San Diego’s best receiver this year.