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Report: Malcolm Floyd out until at least Week One

Malcolm Floyd, James Dockery

San Diego Chargers wides receiver Malcolm Floyd, left, hauls in a pass as Carolina Panthers cornerback James Dockery defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


The Chargers breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when they learned that wide receiver Malcolm Floyd has a knee strain rather than a torn ACL, but it still may be some time before he’s able to return to the lineup.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Floyd will be out of the lineup until at least Week One as a result of the injury, which would leave the Chargers without two of the top three receivers on their depth chart when training camp got underway. Danario Alexander tore his ACL earlier in camp and will miss the entire season as a result.

Rookie Keenan Allen will likely step into Floyd’s role until the veteran is able to return while Vincent Brown will hold down the other starting receiver spot. Both of those players have injury histories of their own and any further losses would leave the Chargers to count on the likes of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to do almost all of the heavy lifting at receiver, which would not bode well for the Chargers passing game.

While that would be a change from the hand-wringing about the pass blocking in recent years, it wouldn’t be a welcome state of affairs in San Diego.