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San Diego Charger's no. 1 receiver Malcom Floyd appears to have only suffered a simple strain at practice on Monday.
Floyd was rushed off of the field following a one-on-one drill during practice Monday afternoon during which the player collided with Shareece Wright. Immediately afterwards, team officials feared Floyd may have caused injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.
Later however, anMRI revealed a knee "strain," team spokesman Bill Johnston said Monday night, according to USA Today. The player is expected to undergo additional testing on Tuesday. The simple injury came as a relief after the team lost wide receiver, Danario Alexander, for the rest of the season following a torn ACL in his right knee. Coach Mike McCoy admitted he was nervous after Floyd collided.
"You never know in situations when guys go down like that," he told USA Today. "A lot of times, guys get scared. Everyone reacts different to it. I never had one of those injuries so I can't tell you what it is or how it happened exactly on this one, or any that we've had this year. It's just one of those deals."
The coach later provided few details on the state of Floyd's injury.
"I'm not going to get into all the little details of that. He went down. I'm not going to put it on any player or anything like that. He went down," he told the ESPN.
McCoy is less willing to speak after last week, when he suggested that Alexander's injury could be nothing. Hours later the team announced that Alexander would be out the rest of the season.
While injuries are not the best part of football, the coach added that when injuries occur, at least other players have an opportunity to shine.
"It's the bad part of the game, but it's all part of it," McCoy said. "It gives other people opportunities, whatever the situation is, and they've got to step up. We'll move on, see what happens."