San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers officially declared
two key players out for the season on Sunday, placing both wide receiver
Malcom Floyd and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney on injured reserve.
Floyd suffered a sprained neck from a frightening collision during the
Chargers' win at Philadelphia in Week 2, while Freeney tore his quadriceps in
Sunday's 30-21 victory over Dallas.
Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection during his tenure with the
Indianapolis Colts, who ranks fifth among active players with 108 career
sacks, was signed in May after 2012 first-round pick Melvin Ingram tore his
ACL during offseason training activities. The 33-year-old had recorded just
two tackles and a half-sack over the first four games.
Floyd led the Chargers with 56 catches and 814 receiving yards a year ago and
owns a career average of 17.3 yards per reception during his nine seasons in
San Diego. The 6-foot-5 veteran had accumulated 149 yards on six catches prior
to the injury.
To fill the available roster spots, the Chargers signed wide receiver Lavelle
Hawkins and promoted outside linebacker Thomas Keiser from the practice squad.
Hawkins, a former fourth-round choice of Tennessee who was released by both
New England and San Diego during the preseason, has compiled 71 catches for
771 yards and one touchdown over a five-year career. His best season came with
the Titans in 2011, when the Cal product registered 47 receptions totaling 470
Keiser amassed 4 1/2 sacks, five tackles for loss and one interception over 14
games with Carolina over the previous two seasons. The 24-year-old originally
signed with San Diego in May but was waived during final roster cuts.
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