Chargers’ Eddie Royal suffers bruised lung, possible concussion

During practice on Saturday, San Diego Chargers veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal suffered a bruised lung and is being evaluated for a concussion as well.

Royal went up to make a spectacular catch during practice, however, he came down directly on his back, reports Chargers.com. He briefly stayed on the ground but managed to return to the huddle and then walked over to head coach Mike McCoy and the trainers. Royal then tried to walk to the locker room but had to kneel down half way there and was then attended to by team doctors.

An ambulance came and he was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. According to National Football Post, concussion tests came back negative; however, further information is not yet available.

“Eddie obviously went up for a ball, caught the ball, landed on his back and (had) shortness of breath and a little bit of a hard time breathing,” coach McCoy said when he addressed the media. “So 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 other than that.”

Royal is the fourth Chargers receiver to suffer an injury during training camp. Danario Alexander is likely out for the season with a torn ACL, and Malcolm Floyd and Keenan Allen have suffered injuries as well. Royal would likely have been the No. 2 starting wide receiver Week 1 for the Chargers, but now their receiving corp will be thrown into more disarray if Royal’s injury proves to be serious.

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