It wasn’t pain but shock that Michael Floyd felt when he first removed his glove after dislocating three fingers in practice last week.
“Things not in the right place,” was how Floyd described it Tuesday. “Things going left and right.”
The wide receiver drew laughs with that, and also how his teammates had a hard time handling the photo he texted to them pre-surgery. “They basically all said, ‘Gnarly,’ ” Floyd noted.
But he’s back around the team now, his left hand casted up, while he sits through a waiting game of his return. Like coach Bruce Arians, Floyd declined to give a timetable, saying only he’d take it “day by day” and listen to whatever instructions the doctors and trainers would deliver.
“I hope no games (missed),” Floyd said, “but we’ll see how I feel.”
The Cardinals’ opener is Sept. 13 against the Saints.
For now, Floyd cannot even work on his conditioning. Both Monday and Tuesday, Floyd stood on the practice field, watching his fellow receivers whether it was in individual drills or later during team work. Floyd said he was hopeful he won’t have to wear any kind of brace or splint on his hand in order to play, but didn’t know for sure what his journey back to the field will entail. All he’s doing now is squeezing a Styrofoam ball in the initial stages of his rehab.