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Floyd: "I'm Eager to Show What I can do Again"
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Just 14 days after Malcom Floyd feared he suffered a serious injury, the veteran wide receiver returned to the practice field Monday for the San Diego Chargers.
When he suffered a knee strain on August 12th during one-on-one drills, Floyd never imagined he’d be back this soon.
“No, I didn’t (think I’d be back by now) just based on the looks of it,” he said at his locker following Monday’s practice. “I thought I tore everything in my knee. Like I said if I would have caught the ball I wouldn’t be hurt. I tried to kick it up at the last minute and that’s how I ended up falling in an awkward way... When you do have an injury like (this) you just take it one day at a time like we did. We’re still taking it one day at a time and just easing me back in there and just being smart about the whole situation.”
That process Monday involved Floyd taking part in the individual portion of practice, though he did manage to sneak his way into a team play or two.
“(Floyd) is coming along well,” head coach Mike McCoy said. “He was out there for some of our individual periods and I think he snuck in to the team period for a rep or two. He is doing a nice job and we will take it one day at a time. He’ll do some individual work with him and Philip (Rivers). He ran a lot last week, so we’ll keep moving forward with him.”
So how does Floyd feel now that he’s returned to practice sooner than even he anticipated?
“It feels like I finally accomplished something being able to work today instead of being on the side,” he said. “We said a couple of weeks, and I think I’m back a little bit earlier thanks to (Head Athletic Trainer) James (Collins) and his staff.”
Despite his return to the field, Floyd cautioned not to expect him to play in the preseason finale Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I think it’s probably still a little too early,” he said. “But I’m ready. I’ve been sitting on the side and I’m eager to get in and show everyone what I can do again.”
The 2013 campaign marks Floyd's eighth NFL season. Last year, he was on his way to a 1,000 yard season when an ankle injury late in Week 15 cut his campaign short. Still, he led the team with a career-high 56 catches for 814 yards and five touchdowns. Since becoming an integral member of the Chargers offense in 2008, he has recorded 208 catches for 3,268 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 17.5 yards per catch average during the past five seasons is the third-highest in the NFL over that span.