For those that missed the beginning part of it, here's the entire story about Eddie Royal today told through tweets:
Eddie Royal walking to locker room and training room, stops and drops to ground. Cart pulls up. #Chargers— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) August 17, 2013
Royal had caught a pass and landed hard on back. Has been top #Chargers WR to stay healthy. Now McCoy joins trainers.— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) August 17, 2013
Rivers also checking on Royal. Trainers surround Royal. Lots going on here. Fire truck shows up.— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) August 17, 2013
#Chargers backups still practicing as Royal remains down on other field. Ambulance pulls up.— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) August 17, 2013
Eddie Royal has been loaded onto gurney, lifted into back of an ambulance, which is about to drive away. McCoy will update after practice.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 17, 2013
Mike McCoy says Eddie Royal landed on back. Shortness of breath. Had hard time breathing. Will be evaluated further at hospital.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 17, 2013
Royal sustained bruised lung during practice this morning. Also being evaluated for concussion.— Bill Johnston (@ChargersPRguy) August 17, 2013
Eddie Royal has been diagnosed with a concussion. He also suffered one in December 2011 with Broncos.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 17, 2013
Well, uh, bruised lung isn't so bad considering all the things that went through my head when I heard that San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal had to have an ambulance drive out onto the field and escort him to the hospital on a gurney.
Where was I, considering I had attended practice this morning? I left 5 minutes before this happened, and was on my way home to try to get the post about CB Steve Williams' season-ending injury up on the site.
Bruised lungs aren't that uncommon in the NFL, specifically with WRs.
- Larry Fitzgerald bruised his lung in the last game of the 2011-2012 season.
- Former Chargers WR Charly Martin suffered a bruised lung in Week 1 last season and missed one week.
- Cleveland Browns rookie pass rusher Barkevious Mingo bruised his lung just a few days ago. He's expected to miss one to two weeks.
See? So Royal will be fine. He'll make the team (he pretty much has to with how flimsy this group has been) and will probably be ready to go against the Texans in Week 1, making this injury not too dissimilar from the one that held him out of most of the preseason last year.