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Chargers call Floyd's knee injury a strain

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The San Diego Chargers already lost one wide receiver for the season because of injury. They were concerned Monday they might have lost another wideout, Malcom Floyd.

However, after a few anxious hours, the Chargers announced that an MRI exam on Floyd's right knee revealed only a strain. Floyd will have more tests done Tuesday, but the initial word that he didn't tear his anterior cruciate ligament was positive news.

One week ago, receiver Danario Alexander was knocked out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

UT San Diego reported that recovery from a knee strain could take just one to two weeks, though the team hadn't announced anything regarding Floyd's expected return date.

During Monday's practice, Floyd fell to the ground, his leg caught in an awkward position, after battling cornerback Shareece Wright during a one-on-one drill.

Alexander also was hurt on a play involving Wright.

"It messes with me (mentally) a little bit because I happened to be on both of those guys," Wright told UT San Diego. "I didn't do anything intentionally. We're just trying to get better. ... I can't (change). I've got to continue to practice hard. You just pray things don't happen like that."

After Floyd was hurt, new Chargers coach Mike McCoy immediately called for the trainers. Players knelt in prayer around their injured and dejected looking teammate as Floyd was carted off.

"You never know in situations when guys go down like that," McCoy said. "A lot of times, guys get scared. Everyone reacts different to it. I never had one of those injuries, so I can't tell you what it is or how it happened exactly on this one or any that we've had this year. It's just one of those deals."

Floyd, 31, led the Chargers last season with 56 receptions for 814 yards. He was projected as one of the team's starting wide receivers.
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