Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) catches a pass under pressure from Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Hughes (27) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Should Malcom Floyd Return?

Over the weekend we received some very good news. It was reported that Malcom Floyd has been running for a month now, is no longer sleeping in a neck brace, and has been cleared for light weight lifting. This was a big relief for Charger fans, after we all watched him take a very scary hit in week two in Philadelphia. He was carted off of the field, and left the stadium in an ambulance with neck & spine damage. The announcement was that he is finally able to play with his children normally, and has resumed his daily activities at home. His wife had been doing the “heavy lifting” at the house, so Malcom’s neck could heal from a potentially debilitating injury. He is still experiencing “some pain”, but not anywhere near what he had been dealing with.

After I read the report, I scanned the web to read the reactions from the Chargers fan base, as we were all praying for some kind of good news that pointed in the direction of Floyd returning to the starting line-up. We had been expecting this report for two weeks, after it was announced that we would be receiving an update shortly. The Chargers are obviously lacking quality depth at the wide receiver position. We may be losing Eddie Royal as a cap casualty, Danario Alexander’s knee isn’t healing properly, and Vincent Brown had a disappointing season in 2013. Malcom was looking really good last year, up until the moment of the injury. Having a healthy Malcom Floyd and Keenan Allen playing opposite each other would be a welcome sight.

After reading the fan reaction, I was surprised to find that it was a mixed bag of results. There is no doubt that fans were genuinely happy to hear the news, and wish the best for M80. A lot of fans, including myself, were extremely excited about the possibility of having him back in our starting line-up. However, there were also comments that Malcom should not return, despite his statements that he was definitely going to do everything he could to get back onto the field.

The comments ranged from “I am glad to hear this, but he should retire. It’s not worth it for him to risk his quality of life for football”. Other comments showed concern that he might be skittish every time he took a heavy hit, and it could affect how he plays. Some fans were even comparing it to Kris Dielman’s situation, and that it was time to hang the cleats up. A few people suggested it was time to move on, as he has had problems staying healthy in the past, and that he probably won’t be in the NFL after his contract expires in 2015.

The thing that I find encouraging about his injury is that it did not require surgery. People have mentioned that Peyton Manning underwent 6 neck surgeries, was similarly marked for retirement, and came back to play some of the best football that the NFL has ever seen! If Peyton can do it, there is a very real possibility that Floyd could return to the field fairly soon. No matter how you look at it, Malcom has a serious decision to make, and so do the Chargers.

If Malcom Floyd heals up, and is ready to go by the time the regular season kicks off, do you think he should be on the field? Do you think the Chargers should bring him back, or should they politely suggest retirement? Do you think that his neck injury was so serious that he shouldn’t take the chance? If his rehabilitation doesn’t go smoothly, there may not be a decision for either party to make. As for me, I am holding out hope that he can come back, and continue to play at the level he was before this unfortunate injury happened. He was doing such a good job! Get well soon M80!!!

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, and don’t forget to vote in the poll!

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson


Should Malcom Floyd Return To The Field In 2014?

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  • Cgoodness13

    Voted yes, mainly because it’s if he’s healthy he should play

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m voting No, every time he gets hit I’m going to be thinking he’s Rocky Balboa waiting for that last punch to the dome to finish him off. I just don’t want to see this dude get hurt again to be honest.

  • davacho

    we’re not doctors, coaches or trainers of chargers- i say let the experts deem him worthy to play and then malcolm makes a life decision with his wife. personally, i would love to have him back healthy.

  • Boborino

    How does it affect cap if he retires? If we have to pay him then I want him back, even if hes down the depth chart because we all know hes not suiting up for 16 to 20 games.

    • Peter Thompson

      I think it’s just about $4 million, if he’s released.

    • boltingindiego

      what ever is left of his signing bonus will affect the cap.

  • lilHurricane

    Whatever Floyd chooses to do I’m with it. If he does come back Rivers has to get M80 over 1,000 yards he’s been so close get that milestone.

  • tubbs45

    I want to start by saying, I think very highly of Floyd and his willingness to come back to SD instead of heading somewhere else. I would love for him to play, but Damn after a freight train hits you and you come out on the other side OK… I would think twice about throwing the pads back on and getting out there again…

  • boltingindiego

    If his docs, the team docs say hes healthy enough and he wants to play i say yes.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Pete, I love your polls. Don’t you ever forget that.

    • Peter Thompson

      Thanks. I feel like they tell a more accurate story. There are so many readers that don’t comment. If you just go by what the comments section says, you start to think that everyone feels a certain way, and that you are in a minority.. then you realize that isn’t necessarily the case. In this poll, it’s just about neck & neck.

  • Derek

    It’s been several months and he still is battling neck pain for that I think he should play next season sparingly and end it. Floyd has been great throught his career here. Don’t want to remember him by the neck injury but I want him to ride into the sunset. I don’t want him going over the middle anymore

  • Derek

    This was his first yr not conmitting to the outside I say only put him in on 3/4 wr sets.

  • NativeSanDiegan

    Aloha Pete
    Great article on a great man. I’ve loved Malcom since he first donned the Lightening Bolts many moons ago. When Chargers cut him after what seemed like3 or 4 training camps when he’d outplayed the competition, I was always afraid another team. Fortunately they never did and he kept working hard and improving while on the Practice Squad. Never complained, great hands, etc.
    I voted yes because I didn’t want to vote an outright no. Want to keep that window open, but Only if he’s completely healed and healthy, no possibility that he’s more susceptible to any other injury, and it really is a family decision.