Sad and somewhat expected news came out of Chargers camp today as the team placed WR Malcolm Floyd (Neck) and LB Dwight Freeney (Quad) on Injured Reserve ending both of their seasons.
Floyd was injured in week 2 vs the Philadelphia Eagles when he collided with LB DeMeco Ryans. It was a scary several minutes for Chargers fans to watch Floyd be carried out on a stretcher. The good news it that Floyd’s agent Buddy Baker went to twitter and said that Floyd will return in 2014. “better and stronger than ever.” In a corresponding move, The Chargers signed former Titans and 49ers wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins
Freeney’s injury came in the second quarter of Sunday’s victory over The Dallas Cowboys. He opted to have season-ending surgery on Tuesday. Freeney’s departure is a another big blow to a Charger defense that brought him in to rush the passer in the wake of an ACL injury to fellow OLB Melvin Ingram. Freeney signed a two-year $8.75 million dollar deal which includes $4.75 guaranteed, however he has no guaranteed money going into next season. It is quite possible that Freeney may have played his last game in a Chargers uniform. To fill Freeney’s spot on the roster, The Chargers signed LB Thomas Keiser from the practice squad.
Injuries have seemed to become “common place” in San Diego over the last couple years. But as the old saying goes, “next man up” Hawkins and Keiser will have to step up big to help The Chargers going forward.