Chargers' Floyd 'doing fine' after scary injury

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Chargers' Floyd 'doing fine' after scary injury

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September 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left the game on a stretcher in the third quarter. (AP)

Updated 7:15 p.m.

It’s as scary as anything you can witness on a football field.

A player lying motionless. Doctors and trainers gently trying to place him on a board. Seeing him strapped in and taken off the field on a stretcher. The crowd silent.

The Eagles-Chargers game Sunday afternoon at the Linc was interrupted for about 10 minutes when Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd suffered a scary injury after an incomplete pass from Philip Rivers on the first offensive play of the second half.

Floyd was taken to a nearby hospital for tests, and Chargers coach Mike McCoy said after his team beat the Eagles, 33-30, that Floyd appeared to be OK.

“He’s doing fine,” McCoy said. “All the tests right now look good, so it was great for the organization to go out and get a win for Malcom.”

The Chargers did not make any announcement on exactly what Floyd’s injury was.

He was seen moving his feet and legs as he was on the ground.

McCoy wouldn’t elaborate on specifics.

“I’ll leave it at that and we’ll update you as time goes on,” he said.

Floyd, who had 100 receiving yards by halftime, is a 32-year-old veteran who has spent his entire 10-year career with the Chargers. He led the NFL with 19.9 yards per catch in 2011.

“He’s a guy that you give a lot of respect to. He’s been doing it for so long, and when he didn’t get up you knew it was something [potentially] serious,” Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said.

“I just sat down there and prayed for him because despite the fact that you may hate him during the game, at the end of the day, it’s a brotherhood, and you don’t want to see one of those guys go down, especially carted off in a stretcher like that.”

Floyd got hurt when linebacker DeMeco Ryans leveled him as he was being tackled from behind by safety Nate Allen.

The combined hit jarred the ball loose after what could have been a catch and fumble but was ruled an incomplete pass.

"Just praying that he was OK,” Ryans said. “It's hard anytime you hit a guy. You’re not trying to cause injury on anyone, it was just an unfortunate bang-bang play that happened.

“I was just praying that everything goes well with him and he's OK."

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