Week 2 of the NFL season was a bittersweet one as the San Diego Chargers knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles, but a season-ending injury to wide receiver Malcom Floyd put a damper on the win. Floyd was sandwiched between two players and laid motionless on the field for an extended period. He was placed on a stretcher and immediately taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
A sour feeling came over the Chargers because it was not the first major injury of the season, and it would not be the last. The loss of another receiver, Danario Alexander, had taken its toll prior to the start of the season. The following week, the Bolts would lose Dwight Freeney for the year as well while Melvin Ingram was already sitting on the PUP list.
More and more injuries plagued this team throughout the year, but the worst news of the season may have come just a few days ago after learning that Floyd’s injury may be career-ending. Floyd’s return is possible, but only time will tell. What is evident is that the healing process for Floyd and the Chargers is far from ending. Floyd told U-T San Diego:
“I definitely want to play again. I definitely do. I am getting better steadily, and if my body allows me to play, I am going to do it. I am really excited for our team. I want to add some more firepower. … If not, then yeah, I need to hang it up. It will not do anything positive. It won’t help out me or the team.”
I predicted that if the Bolts’ receiving corps were to come into the 2014 season healthy they would be one of the best groups in the league. Without M80, I don’t know if that will be possible even with Alexander’s return. The physicality and height of Floyd is something that no other receiver on the Chargers has. He would be the perfect complement to the smooth and sure-handed Keenan Allen – who is sure to come into the season as the No.1 receiver after a dominating 2013 campaign.
Football or not, let’s just all hope that Floyd makes it through this. We tend to forget that these players have family and friends who care about them even beyond the hash-marks. His health is far more important than a touchdown, but I am sure he will work his hardest to make a return to the field some day.