San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd won't be catching any more passes from Philip Rivers in 2013. On Tuesday, the team placed Floyd on injured reserve, ending his season.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport posted word of the disappointing news on Twitter:
Here is the aforementioned tweet from Buddy Baker, Floyd's agent:
As Fox Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo shares, there is some good news to take out of this unfortunate situation for Floyd:
The good news for Chargers WR Malcom Floyd - who is indeed going on IR - is no surgery on his neck needed as of now.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 1, 2013
Floyd, 32, sustained a neck injury in San Diego's Week 2 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles. He took a scary hit from linebacker DeMeco Ryans and had to be carted off the field with his neck stabilized on a stretcher.
Bleacher Report's Twitter account had a picture of the unsettling scene as things unfolded in Philadelphia:
Fortunately, Floyd was feeling well enough to speak to reporters the following day. In his own words, he said that his "limbs went limp" after the hit, per Chargers reporter Annie Heilbrunn on Twitter:
Malcom Floyd is here in neck brace. Diagnosed as a sprain. Said limbs went limp and huge shock in body when hit. pic.twitter.com/uWIrNj1w9W— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) September 16, 2013
Floyd caught six passes for 149 yards and no touchdowns in two starts this year. For his career, the former Wyoming star has over 4,000 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons.
Which receiver must step up the most for San Diego to make the playoffs?
The news is a major blow to San Diego's rejuvenated passing attack. Rivers managed to throw for over 400 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 without Floyd in the lineup, but Floyd now joins Danario Alexander as the second Chargers receiver to be diagnosed with a season-ending injury.
San Diego signed former Tennessee Titans wideout Lavelle Hawkins on Tuesday to help replace Floyd's production, as reported by Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Antonio Gates, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal and rookie Keenan Allen will all have to step up for the Chargers to avoid missing a beat on offense. The team will likely continue to lean on Danny Woodhead as well.
New head coach Mike McCoy has done a nice job in his first year with the Chargers, lighting a fire under Rivers and getting the offense back on track. San Diego currently sits at 2-2 on the year, good enough for third place in the AFC West behind the 4-0 Denver Broncos and 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers hit the road in Week 5 to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.