Chargers’ Floyd OK after neck injury

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 16, 2013 

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left Sunday’s game in Philadelphia with a neck injury after he was sandwiched on a hard hit against the Eagles.

Floyd was down for several minutes in the third quarter of San Diego’s 33-30 win over the Eagles. He was wrapped up from behind by safety Nate Allen and had his head driven into charging linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Floyd immediately went down on the incomplete pass. Players from the two clubs took a knee around Floyd as team doctors from both sides tended to him. He was put on a stretcher and wheeled off the field.

“He’s doing fine,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “All the tests right now look good. It’s great for the organization to go out and get a win for Malcom.”

Floyd had five catches for 102 yards before the injury.

EX-BILLS QBS LIKE MANUEL

Former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Joe Ferguson like what they see from Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel.

Kelly and Ferguson were on hand Sunday for Buffalo’s Wall of Fame weekend.

Ferguson said that “this young quarterback has a good head on his shoulders and seems to me he has a natural talent to throw the football.”

He added: “I’m expecting a lot of good things from him.”

The team was honoring the 28 players whose names appear on the walls above the end zones at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Kelly said he hasn’t been able to study Manuel closely “but I liked what I saw.”

The Bills gave each member of the Wall of Fame a navy blue blazer to signify their accomplishments.

EX-BEARS RB CASARES DIES

Rick Casares, a star running back for the Chicago Bears who was once their all-time leading rusher, has died. He was 82.

The Bears reported on their website that he died at his home in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.

A five-time Pro Bowl pick and a member of the 1963 championship team, Casares played 10 seasons in Chicago and ran for 5,675 yards. He was the Bears’ all-time leading rusher until Walter Payton surpassed him and currently ranks third.

Casares, who starred at the University of Florida, also played for Washington in 1965 and Miami in 1966.

JAGUARS APOLOGISTS

An Orlando television station issued an on-air explanation for why it’s airing the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars while many NFL fans probably would have preferred seeing the Denver Broncos-New York Giants game, a possible Super Bowl preview featuring brothers Peyton and Eli Manning.

WKMG-TV issued the scrolled message on Sunday. It read that NFL policy states the station must carry all Jags away games. At the end the message said: “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Viewers then took to Twitter to remark on what many saw as an apology from the station.

But WKMG vice president and general manager Skip Valet said the arrangement was nothing new. He said for nearly two decades Orlando has been designated the secondary Jaguars market and has carried all the away games.

GROUNDED FALCONS

Falcons running back Steven Jackson left the game against the Rams with a thigh injury in the first quarter.

Atlanta lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot), defensive end Kroy Biermann (right ankle), fullback Bradie Ewing (shoulder), defensive end Cliff Matthews (neck) and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) all in the first half.

EXTRA POINTS

Surrounded by five New York Giants greats, former coach Bill Parcells was given his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime of Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Giants. The 72-year-old Parcells said it has been “a great life for me in the NFL.”… Colts left guard Donald Thomas has torn a quad tendon in his right leg and will probably miss the rest of the season. … Ravens running back Ray Rice left the game against the Browns with an apparent hip injury. … Lightning caused a 69-minute delay with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter of the Saints-Buccaneers game in Tampa, Fla. … Panthers safety Charles Godfrey hurt his right Achilles tendon, and starting cornerback Josh Thomas sustained a concussion in a 24-23 loss to the Bills. … Running back Eddie Lacy left the Packers’ game against the Redskins with a concussion after being hit by Washington safety Brandon Meriweather. Later, Meriweather left the game, too, with his own concussion.

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