The San Diego Chargers -- more than any team in the AFC West -- can't afford another injury at wide receiver, especially after Saturday.
Royal initially got to his feet and made his way to the trainer's room before stopping and going to the ground. Trainers treated Royal with an oxygen tank as Chargers coach Mike McCoy, general manager Tom Telesco and teammates gathered around him. After an ambulance and two fire trucks arrived, Royal was loaded onto a gurney and carted away before practice resumed.
McCoy told reporters that Royal was having trouble breathing and will be hospitalized for examination. Royal's teammates hoped for the best.
"When a guy gets carried off in an ambulance, you just want him to be healthy, be OK, all football aside," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "And hopefully that's the report we'll get back soon on Eddie."