Chargers’ offensive line depth being tested early, right guard D.J. Fluker suffers foot injury

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San Diego Chargers right guard D.J. Fluker suffered a right foot injury during Monday’s practice. According to UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken, Fluker was seen with crutches, a protective walking boot and is expected to get an MRI. The extent of Fluker’s injury is still unknown, but it may be safe to say that he will be out for the rest of the preseason.

Fluker has missed a total of six games in his three-year NFL career, with a myriad of injuries ranging from concussions, a sprained ankle and shoulder.

It seems to be the same storyline as last season, as the Chargers once again battle injuries to their offensive line. On Thursday, August 11 they saw left-guard Orlando Franklin go down with a right knee injury. There has not been further details on the extent of it, but it was said that he walked off under his own power. They also lost versatile rookie offensive lineman Donovan Clark to a torn ACL during the third-quarter of the Arizona Cardinals preseason game. Center/guard Chris Watt is still on the physically unable to perform list.

The Chargers are starting to become thin at the guard position and would probably like to avoid moving the offensive line around like they did last season.

A quality option for the Chargers can be offensive guard Louis Vasquez. He spent three-years with with the Chargers before going to the Denver Broncos. This makes sense in multiple fronts. Vasquez is familiar with the organization and also head coach Mike McCoy who was Vasquez’s offensive coordinator before moving to San Diego. 

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Daiki Sato

Daiki Sato a Southern California native and San Diego State Alumni. Loves all things sports. He covers the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sports Out West.


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