Malcom Floyd Out With Possible Torn ACL, Can the San Diego Chargers Adapt?


Courtesy of ESPN: Will Floyd's injury ruin the Chargers season?

Courtesy of ESPN: Will Floyd’s injury ruin the Chargers season?

Update: Reports now indicate that a MRI on Floyd’s knee show a sprain, not a torn ACL. More information to come as it becomes available. 

Danario Alexander fell to the ground of San Diego Chargers practice just last week with a torn ACL. For the veteran receiver, it was the latest in a string of ACL issues dating back to his college years. For the San Diego Chargers, it was a hard blow to their wide receiver position heading into the 2013 season.

Check out Pro Football Central’s article on Alexanders injury here. 

News broke from Chargers’ camp on Monday that No. 1 wide receiver Malcom Floyd injured his knee in practice. According to Adam Schefter over at ESPN, the Chargers fear that Floyd’s injury is also a torn ACL. 

If true, this could be a catastrophic blow to an offense that needed a couple options to step up in the wake of Alexander’s injury. Without two of its top three receivers, San Diego is now forced to look at a watered-down receiver market, while relying on a combination of injury-plagued youngsters and declining veterans who are currently on the roster to fill the void.

The two likeliest options to step up are rookie third-round pick Keenan Allen from California and third-year receiver Vincent Brown.

Allen was considered the top receiving prospect in the 2013 NFL draft during the earliest stages of the scouting process, but fell out of favor due to a combination of injury concerns and a questionable drug test at the combine in Indianapolis this past February.

Meanwhile, Brown had a solid rookie campaign back in 2011 before missing the entire 2012 season after being injured during the preseason.

While both of these players are extremely talented, they have a ton of question marks heading into the season. Can Philip Rivers honestly expect both of them to act as starter-caliber receivers with the recent issues they have dealt with?

San Diego’s two veteran receiving options leave a whole heck of a lot to be desired.

Robert Meachem came over on a relatively lucrative free-agent contract last offseason, but failed to live up to expectations. The veteran recorded just 14 receptions for 207 yards and two scores. This had led many, including myself, to believe that Meachem was nothing more than a product of the New Orleans Saints’ system under the leadership of quarterback Drew Brees. If San Diego has to rely on him to put up similar numbers to the ones he recorded in New Orleans, its going to be in big trouble.

Meanwhile, Eddie Royal has failed to do much of anything since a breakout rookie campaign in 2008 that saw him tally nearly 1,000 yards on 91 receptions. In fact, the former Denver Broncos receiver has put up a total of 42 receptions over the past two seasons.

Needless to say, San Diego isn’t exactly in an enviable position when it comes to wide receiver this season. What was once considered a strength with Alexander and Floyd in the mix, is now cause for alarm for new head coach Mike McCoy and Co.

Could this be the break (no pun intended) that the likes of Terrell Owens and Brandon Lloyd might have needed in order to get a call? Time will tell.


Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle8:00-9:30 every Wednesday.