San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd (80) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Floyd, Manti Te'o Injury Updates

San Diego Chargers top wideout Malcolm Floyd was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a scary neck injury, but he’s fine now. That said, nobody should even remotely expect him to play against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, and ESPN reports that Floyd will wear a cervical collar following the neck injury. Tests are still being done, so there is nothing resembling a timetable regarding Floyd’s return, but it’s great to hear that no worst-case scenario-types came true.

Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen, and Eddie Royal are the Chargers top three targets with Floyd on the shelf, and I think we’ll be seeing a whole lot of Brown on Sunday. Royal’s looked great in the slot thus far, and he’ll have an interesting matchup against the Titans. Keenan Allen was my favorite rookie receiver coming into the draft (I still wish the Patriots took him over Aaron Dobson, but I actually do like Dobson), and I really want to see what the rookie out of Cal does in Week 3 after making his regular season debut on Sunday and catching a pair of passes for 34 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.

On the bright side for the Chargers on the injury front, it sounds like  rookie linebacker Manti Te’o will participate in his first practice of the season today. Te’o has been out with a foot injury since early August, and it’s great to hear that he’s healthy and will be back in the fold. I wonder how much he plays, though, against the Titans, because Te’o’s backup Bront Bird has been excellent through the first two weeks. Bird has been racking up tackles at a high rate, and he’s looked extremely active in run defense. Has that been enough for Bird to take over Te’o’s starting job? That’s a question I have going into Week 3.

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  • Manuel Anaya

    you obviously arent watching the same game… the only reason bird has that many tackles is because teams are targeting him.. especially in the end zone where he has given up multiple tds already.. decent backup, good specials teams but NO WAY IN HELL should he even be in consideration to start!!!

  • Bill Nichols

    Yeah Bird didn’t even start against Philly, and no one is patting him on the back for all those tackles. He was basically in the way, and got run the “F” over. Marshall Started and played in his place most of the Philly game. Bolt Up!!

    Edit: my bad, not Marshall, he is the CB we just picked up. But Bird didn’t start.