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Chargers get boost as Floyd returns to practice

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San Diego wide receiver Malcolm Floyd was back on the practice field for the first time since injuring his knee two weeks ago.

At that time, the Chargers feared that their top wide receiver had suffered an ACL injury. But after going full speed on Monday, Floyd told U-T San Diego that he thinks he will be ready for the season opener against the Houston Texans.

Coach Mike McCoy concurred. "He should be out there," McCoy said.

The 31-year-old Floyd feared his career was over after landing awkwardly on an end-zone jump for a Philip Rivers pass. But an MRI revealed only a strain.

"I could have sworn I tore every tending in my knee," Floyd said. "I'm really thankful we have a great training staff. They were able to deal with the situation based on their experience. Our team doctor did a great job diagnosing it and treating it immediately to get me back earlier than expected."

Floyd's teammate, Danario Alexander, wasn't so lucky. He was injured on a similar play and did suffer a season-ending injury a week before Floyd was hurt.

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