The San Diego Chargers reportedly feared they may have lost Malcom Floyd for the season due to a torn ACL, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprain, not a torn ligament, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
Floyd will undergo additional tests on Tuesday and receive a second opinion this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Even if Floyd misses time due to the sprain, it's still a much better result than losing him for the entire season with a torn ACL.
Floyd suffered the injury when he and cornerback Shareece Wright were battling one-on-one in the end zone and Floyd went down to the ground after some incidental contact, according to a report from U-T San Diego. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy immediately called for a trainer and according to the report at least a dozen players surrounded Floyd, taking a knee to say a prayer. Floyd was carted off the field for further examination, which confirmed the severity of the injury.
San Diego nearly lost a second starting wide receiver in less than a week. Last week, Danario Alexander tore his ACL during practice. Alexander, like Floyd, came into contact with Wright during a drill, leading to the injury.
The 31-year-old Floyd led the team in receiving last season. He caught 56 passes for 814 yards and five touchdowns a year ago while playing in 14 games. Floyd has proved to be one of the best deep threats in the NFL during his career, averaging 17.1 yards per reception.
While Floyd may not be lost for the season, the Chargers could still be without him for a period of time due to the sprain. The severity of the injury and the timetable for his return will likely be determined later this week, Until then, Vincent Brown, who missed the entire 2012 season due to an ankle injury, will likely run with the starters. San Diego will also rely on rookie Keenan Allen, who is coming off a serious knee injury of his own.
If San Diego turns to the free agent market for help, Brandon Lloyd and Laurent Robinson are among the best wide receivers available. Lloyd has some history with San Diego head coach Mike McCoy having played more than two seasons in Denver while McCoy was the offensive coordinator.