Chargers’ Floyd dodges serious injury and again proves he’s one of NFL’s good guys

Posted: 09/16/2013 in football
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If you saw the hit Malcom Floyd took during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles and witnessed the length of time he lay motionless on the field, this bit of news might stun you.

The San Diego Chargers receiver avoided a major injury and even met with the media on Monday.

Floyd was taken to a Philadelphia-area hospital after being hit hard by Philadelphia defenders DeMeco Ryans and Nate Allen during San Diego’s 33-30 victory. Floyd was diagnosed with a neck sprain and is unlikely to play this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

When it comes down to it, who cares if Floyd misses a game or two? Think of that again – all he has is a sprained neck after a scary situation in which he was carted off the field on a stretcher.

The diagnosis could have been much, much worse.

“I could be in a wheelchair right now,” Floyd said Monday. “But I’m up and walking and ready to get better every day.”

Floyd was sporting a neck brace in his media session and will undergo further testing before he is cleared to return.

The 32-year-old described the feeling upon taking the fierce direct hit from a charging Ryans.

“As soon as I got hit, all of my limbs just went limp and there was a huge shock throughout my body,” Floyd said. “Once I came to, my neck was pretty sore. So (trainer) James Collins came on the field and just told me to stay down. They just wanted to make sure my neck was secure before I started moving around.”

Floyd had five receptions for 102 yards before getting injured to help Mike McCoy get his first win as Chargers’ coach. He caught a career-best 56 passes last season and has evolved into a reliable target for Philip Rivers after nearly being cut early in his career when he caught a grand total of 25 passes from 2004-07.

I was covering the Chargers when Floyd began to develop with a 27-catch season in 2008. And trust me when I tell you there is something else about him that is more impressive than his talent.

He is truly a superb person – very humble, extremely polite and easy to deal with.

Floyd certainly proved that again by meeting with reporters on Monday when the vast majority of NFL players would have used the injury as an excuse not to field questions.

He’s accountable, he’s personable, he’s talented and best of all – he’s not paralyzed.


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