San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Malcom Floyd cleared for light weightlifting

San Diego Chargers veteran wide receiver Malcom Floyd suffered a scary injury in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles after going off for 102 yards on five receptions, and the injury was so bad that it put his career in doubt. Floyd should be back next season, but that’s an optimistic way of looking at it; there’s still a chance the 32-year-old may never play football again. The focus is on how much Floyd will recover from the spinal disc injury and his susceptibility to aggravating the injury in the future. While I believe Floyd will be out there next year, his situation is probably more precarious than New York Giants running back David Wilson’s (most because Floyd is several years older).

The U-T San Diego’s Michael Gehlken reports that Floyd started running last month and was cleared for light weightlifting by Dr. Robert Watkins last week. That’s excellent news, and the key for Floyd is to take his recovery little-by-little, as there is no timetable for his return at this point.

Floyd has stated his desire to play if he’s healthy enough to, and I think/hope he’ll get to that point. Philip Rivers had an amazing 2013 season and was the second-best QB in the league last year, but he could use some more help. Floyd’s frame and ability to stretch the field deep would be a nice complement to No. 1 WR Keenan Allen, so we’ll see how his recovery progresses over the next few months.

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