Royal went to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bruised lung. The Chargers also announced that Royal is being evaluated for a concussion and that all subsequent tests were negative.
There’s no timeline provided for Royal’s return, but Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to miss a week or two after sustaining a bruised lung on Thursday night. All injuries are different, and the concussion obviously makes this a different case, but it is a safe bet that Royal will be off the field for a while.
That leaves the Chargers without three of their projected top receivers for the time being as Danario Alexander has a torn ACL and Malcolm Floyd is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a knee injury of his own. Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen and the recently re-signed Seyi Ajirotutu will all be in line for more snaps as a result.