Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd exited Sunday’s win over the Eagles with a potentially serious injury. It happened on a play during which the officials should have thrown a flag.
Per a league source, Floyd was still in a defenseless posture when he was hit in the head by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. An easy rule of thumb in this regard is that, if the pass the player drops after the contact is deemed to be incomplete, it means the player didn’t have the ball long enough to finish the catch. Which means that he didn’t have the time to protect himself against a blow to the head or neck.
Even though Floyd dipped his head into the contact, it’s strict liability. If a player in a defenseless posture is struck in the head, a flag should be thrown.
Floyd’s role in putting himself in harm’s way could help Ryans avoid a fine. But the failure to throw the flag won’t keep the officials involved from having their performance for the day downgraded.
Peter King reported during Football Night in America that Floyd was cleared to fly back to San Diego with the Chargers. His status otherwise is unknown.