San Diego Chargers Wide Receiver Malcom Floyd suffered a knee strain in yesterday's practice. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Chargers' plan to keep Floyd on the sidelines until at least Week 1 of the regular season versus the Houston Texans.
Source tells me Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd won't return until at least Week 1 even if injury not serious as team believes.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 13, 2013
Malcom Floyd's official timetable for return to the team is still up in the air. The move to shut him down for the remainder of the preseason seems to be a precautionary one and could benefit both the team and a receiver down the line.
The Chargers know what they have in Floyd. They understand how critical the chemistry between Philip Rivers and Floyd is to their success in 2013. Given that Rivers hasn't had the same amount of time to build a fluent rapport with the young receivers on the roster, it is probably a wise move to save Malcom Floyd for a possible Week 1 return.
Chargers relieved about Malcolm Floyd's initial MRI results suggesting a strained knee but team expects WR to seek second opinion— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 13, 2013
A relief indeed. In fact, even if the second opinion on his knee is more positive than the first, the Chargers should stick with the idea of saving him for games that actually count. If Malcom Floyd missing the preseason is worst case scenario for the Chargers, they certainly dodged a bullet and should be as relieved as the fans are.