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Chargers Lose Another WR

Malcom Floyd was carted off the practice field

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    Malcom Floyd smiles during warm up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego.

    At the start of training camp, the Chargers deepest position group was wide receiver. Then last week they lost Danario Alexander for the season with a torn ACL.

    Monday they got one heck of a scare when it looked like Malcom Floyd had suffered the same injury.

    Floyd was running a drill against CB Shareece Wright (who was also involved in the Alexander injury) when the two collided.

    Floyd collapsed with a right knee injury and had to be carted off the field, leaving the team fearing the worst ... a torn knee ligament, which almost always results in the loss of an entire season.

    However, the Chargers got what's probably the best news possible on Monday night.

    A team spokesperson told NBC 7 Floyd has a strained knee, which means the muscles or tendons (or both) around the knee were damaged, but not the all-important ligaments. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are three kinds of strains:

    Grade 1: This mild strain involves only a few damaged muscle fibers. Recovery time is typically two to three weeks.

    Grade 2: In this injury, there is more significant damage but the muscle is not ruptured. Recovery time is typically three to six weeks.

    Grade 3: This one is trouble. Usually a muscle is ruptured and requires surgery. Recovery time can be up to three or four months.

    Floyd will have more tests done on Tuesday to determine the category of his injury.

    Malcom was the team's 2012 Offensive MVP after catching 56 balls for 814 yards and five touchdowns in just 14 games.

    In the meantime, the Chargers roster has just two wide receivers who caught passes in 2012.

    Eddie Royal had 23 grabs for 234 yards and one touchdown. Robert Meachem caught 14 passes for 207 yards and two scores.

    Royal, third-year wideout Vincent Brown (who hasn't played a game since fracturing his leg in the 2012 pre-season), and rookie Keenan Allen were working on the first-team offense after Floyd's departure.

    Royal likely has the best grasp of the offensive system, having operated it in Denver when Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was the Broncos' offensive coordinator.

    After practice on Monday, Royal was leading the other wideouts in drills. It seems like they all know they have a lot more work to do.