San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd stood quietly at his locker, shedding piece after piece of football equipment after a long day of work.
Maybe he meant it sincerely. Maybe he meant it sarcastically.
Given his luck of late, his words Friday were probably a bit of both.
“It's a blessing to make it out of a day's practice healthy,” Floyd said.
Floyd practiced for a third straight day in full, and the injury-maligned vertical weapon with a flare for the spectacular is on pace to return Monday night to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, adding big-play potential to an offense and team in great shortage.
Sidelined the past four games with a hip injury, Floyd has watched a six-game skid that has seen it all: injuries to six of the top eight offensive linemen, including three for the season; a lot of giving away the ball — and at critical times — with little taking it back.
But one overlooked aspect to this nearly lost campaign has been its absence of the big play.