Eddie Royal leaves Chargers practice by ambulance


The Chargers have endured plenty of injuries to receivers in recent weeks.  None have been quite as scary as the one that occurred on Saturday.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that veteran Eddie Royal hit the ground hard while making a catch during team drills.  After on-field evaluation from trainers, an ambulance arrived to take Royal to a local hospital.

Initially, Royal got up after the catch and walked toward the trainers room.  He stopped on the way, and trainers worked on him there.

The ambulance wasn’t already present at practice.  Unless the session was simply a walkthrough, an ambulance always should be present at practice.

If it was a walkthrough, Royal’s injury suggests that an ambulance should be present for those sessions, too.

35 responses to “Eddie Royal leaves Chargers practice by ambulance

  1. Chargers can’t catch a break with their receivers.

    Hope it’s nothing too serious.

  2. If you’re a free agent WR and the Chargers call you might want to wait on another chance this season based on their WR’s luck so far.

  3. Ok this is getting a little eerie. I mean I know there’s always gonna be some injuries in camp but the chargers are being absolutely pummeled by the injury bug, and these guys are starters not just bench players

  4. Dang man, hope it’s just precautionary. I hate hearing about this stuff, especially in practice.

  5. As a Broncos Fan I want to win the division, but NOT by default! Best wishes to Chargers WRs for miracle recoveries!!! And, time to throw a pinch of salt over ya’lls shoulder, youre jinxed!

  6. So you really think this means that every NFL team needs to have an ambulance present at every practice? Players having to go to the hospital during practice is extremely rare. Most ambulances have better places to be than sitting in the practice field’s parking lot doing nothing.

    Speedy recovery, Eddie Royal. Hope it’s nothing serious.

  7. I agree – they should always have an ambulance on site for full contact practices. The cost is peanuts in NFL dollars, and it seems like there’s always a couple of occasions a year where it would make a difference.

  8. It will be a sad day if Robert Meachem is a starting WR. The bolts will battle Raiders and Jaguars for Clowney.
    Is it even possible for 2 teams from same division to pick 1 & 2? I guess if their only wins are against each other. Two ties would be poetic justice.

  9. And still 2 preseason games to go….this is just horrible, I can’t think of another year the Chargers ever had so many injuries.

    I predicted 6-10 prior to injuries, maybe that was generous.

  10. Rivers to TO and Chad Ocho…errr…Johnson….

    And just for the ooh of it…get Randy out of that talking gig that he’s going to fail at and get him back out there.

    Instead of Young Money like the Steelers receivers use to call themselves before Wallace left, To/Chad/Randy could be “Old Diva”….

  11. Mandatory ambulances at practice? Pretty cool gig for a paramedic sitting around watching practice all day.

  12. Tweet from a San Diego reporter:

    “Marty Caswell ‏@MartyCaswell 55m

    Chargers player said Eddie Royal was coughing up blood…a lot of the guys are on their way to visit him at hospital”

    This is NOT good…

  13. I’ve always liked Eddie Royal, was a classy player in Denver and I’m sure he’s continued to carry himself that way in SD. Get well soon Eddie!

  14. @youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 17, 2013 2:47 PM

    “This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.”

    No, Pittsburgh settled for Limas Sweed.

  15. I hope Eddie gets well. Only problem is he isn’t even the caliber players that the Chargers let go. Vincent should never have departed. Thanks SPANOS!! Doesn’t really matter though because we still have chockem up RIVERS. Same thing just another year. McCoy saying same thing that Norv said last year in that you have to hold on to the ball to be able to score. DAAAH. McCoy will get smart this is Rivers last chance and their backups against Chicago were better. Time to get rid of the old that never worked in the first place because you always get the same results !!!! Last place at best fans and I really am a Charger fan. Gonna be a long year.!!!!!

  16. The AFC West is a disaster. The Broncos will clinch the division by Thanksgiving. Keep an eye on the Chiefs, though. Andy Reid has some real talent up there.

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