Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd said, during the offseason, that he would retire after the 2015 campaign.
He wants to spend more time with family. He wants to enter a new phase of his life.
After racking up 21 receptions, 409 yards and three touchdowns through eight games, Floyd was injured in Week Nine when trying to catch a deep ball against the Bears. He came down hard and suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
It is unclear whether he will play again this season.
Monday, tight end Antonio Gates said he hoped Floyd would reconsider retirement, so he "wouldn't have to go out like that."
Gates said he wanted more for his longtime friend and teammate. Should he not suit up again this season, he wanted Floyd to look back and not remember his last snap in the NFL being one that was attached to an injury.
Floyd said Tuesday that, although Gates' sentiment means a lot to him, he's "still sticking to the original plan."
So, retirement it is.
If Floyd doesn't play another snap this season, he will end his time in the NFL having notched 5,398 yards and 34 touchdowns on 312 receptions.
Though he's battled injuries thoughout his 12-year career with the Chargers, the undrafted receiver is one of quarterback Philip Rivers' favorite targets and is deeply respected by teammates and coaches.
Head coach Mike McCoy is hopeful he will return to the field in 2015.
"He’s working extremely hard,” McCoy said Monday. “He told me the other day that he’d love to go out there and play this past Sunday. We had a bye, which was fortunate for him to recover. We’ll see how long it takes him.”