Charg­ers get scare as Royal carted off field

SundayXtra - - SPORTS NFL - By Bernie Wil­son

SAN DIEGO — Charg­ers wide re­ceiver Ed­die Royal was taken off a prac­tice field in an am­bu­lance af­ter land­ing hard on his back af­ter mak­ing a catch in prac­tice Satur­day.

The team said he has a bruised lung and was be­ing eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion.

The lat­est in­jury to the wide re­ceiv­ing corps was the scari­est.

Af­ter land­ing hard, Royal walked to an ad­join­ing field, where he dropped to the ground and be­gan re­ceiv­ing treat­ment from the team’s med­i­cal staff. It ap­peared he was given oxy­gen, and also that he spit up a small amount of blood.

A few team­mates came over to check on him, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Philip Rivers and fel­low wide­out Robert Meachem.

“I think like any­thing, when you’re get­ting car­ried off like that you’re scared,” Rivers said. “You hope for the best. You hate to ever see a team­mate like that get car­ried off.”

Rookie coach Mike McCoy came over and had a look be­fore re­turn­ing to the other field.

An am­bu­lance was driven onto the field and Royal was sit­ting up on the stretcher as he was loaded in­side.

“He had a lit­tle bit of a hard time breath­ing,” McCoy said. “We’re go­ing to take him to the hos­pi­tal and check him out. That’s all I’ve got right now. I can’t tell you any­more. I don’t know a whole lot about it.”

The in­jury hap­pened in the last team drill of the day.

“All you can do is pray for him, be­cause we don’t know,” fel­low wide­out Robert Meachem said. “Un­for­tu­nately, it was a bad fall.

“It’s al­ways scary,” Meachem said. “This game is a vi­o­lent game. And in this game, in­juries can come and go.”

Meachem said all the re­ceivers gath­ered af­ter prac­tice and said a prayer for Royal, Da­nario Alexan­der and Mal­com Floyd.

Alexan­der is out for the sea­son af­ter tear­ing the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee on Aug. 6. He had surgery Thurs­day. Floyd strained his right knee on Mon­day. Both were hurt af­ter col­lid­ing with cor­ner­back Sha­reece Wright.

“He landed hard,” Rivers said about Royal “Hope­fully, he’s all right. Any­time you get car­ried off the field, it’s not any­thing too, too mi­nor. Hope­fully, it’s just a pre­cau­tion. Hope­fully, we’ll get him back; most im­por­tantly get him feel­ing good and healthy.”

Also Satur­day, McCoy said de­fen­sive end Corey Li­uget has a strained shoul­der, but re­fused to give the sever­ity or say how long he might be out. He was hurt in the first quar­ter of Thurs­day night’s ex­hi­bi­tion loss at Chicago.

“It’s just a strain. I’m not a doc­tor so I can’t tell you all that,” the rookie coach said.

Rookie line­backer Manti Te’o was still wear­ing a walk­ing boot on his right foot, which he hurt in the ex­hi­bi­tion opener against Seat­tle on Aug. 8.

Te’o said it felt “way bet­ter than it’s felt since last week. I’m mak­ing great strides.”

Te’o said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back at prac­tice.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

HOWARD LIPIN / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Team­mates and med­i­cal staff gather around San Diego wide­out Ed­die Royal, who suf­fered a bruised lung.

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