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Chargers WR Floyd leaves on stretcher

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PHILADELHIA -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was taken off the field on a rollaway stretcher with 14:52 remaining in the third quarter.

Floyd suffered an apparent head and neck injury in a collision with Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

The Chargers said after a 33-30 win that Floyd, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance, would "be fine."

"It was great for the organization to get a win for Malcom," said Chargers coach Mike McCoy, who got his first victory as a head coach.

McCoy said following a battery of tests, the expectation is that Floyd will be allowed to return to San Diego on the team charter.

Floyd, who is 6-foot-5, was gaining control of a pass from Philip Rivers in front of cornerback Cary Williams on the first play of the second half and as he braced for impact and lowered his head, Ryans met him shoulder-first at high speed. Television replays showed the impact on Floyd's head and neck.

Floyd's arms were temporarily limp and he dropped the football on what was ruled an incomplete pass.

The majority of both teams kneeled around Floyd as medical personnel from both teams tended to Floyd. He was moving his extremeties when he left the field immobilized on a stretcher.

No penalty flag was thrown for what might have been interpreted as contact with a defenseless player.

The Chargers were leading the game 13-10.
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