San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd avoided a major knee injury in a collision in Monday's practice, and the team believes he'll be ready in time for the regular-season opener. However, head coach Mike McCoy declined to put a timetable on Floyd's return.
"We're going to take it day by day," McCoy said. "He is sore, but I'm not a doctor and the staff will take care of him the best they can. The most important part is to get healthy and be 100 percent for the opener. So we'll take it one day at a time and see how it goes."
The San Diego Chargers already lost Danario Alexander to a season-ending injury, and rookie Keenan Allen sat out Tuesday's practice with what McCoy termed "wear and tear."
The team feared Floyd may have suffered a torn ACL, but an MRI revealed it to be a sprain.
However, after a few anxious hours, the Chargers announced that an MRI exam on Floyd's right knee revealed only a strain. F
"I felt better than how it looked. It could have been worse and I'm in a better position now than I was laid out on the field," Floyd said. "It was scary. You think about your family, think about your kids and think about your career. I'm here today and it's not what we thought it was."
One week ago, Alexander was knocked out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
"I texted Danario (Monday) to say that I could be in his position. He just wished me the best of luck going forward," said Floyd.
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."
Floyd, 31, led the Chargers last season with 56 receptions for 814 yards. He is projected as one of the team's starting wide receivers.