San Diego, CA- According to Michael Gehlken of UT-San Diego, San Diego Chargers right tackle D.J. Fluker injured his knee during last nights game against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite the injury, D.J. Fluker was able to finish the game.
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Gehlken reports that D.J. Fluker underwent an MRI today on his knee.
Hopefully the injury is minor since D.J. Fluker was able to finish the game, but if the injury does force D.J. Fluker to miss anytime the Chargers will be forced to turn to back-up tackle Willie Smith or tackle Jeremiah Sirles from the practice squad.
D.J. Fluker moved to right tackle full-time last season for the Chargers and made a huge impact in the Chargers passing and rushing game. When the Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker out of Alabama in the 1st-Round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it was well-known that his best skill set was as a run-blocker, rather than an elite pass protector. He showed that last season by helping the San Diego Chargers be one of the best teams in the NFL in running the ball.
The San Diego Chargers lack depth at both tackle positions and can’t afford to lose Fluker for any period of time. The Chargers with Jeromey Clary on the physically unable to perform list the Chargers lack depth to replace him at right tackle. The Chargers also lack depth at left tackle behind King Dunlap and Fluker is also the Chargers best back-up option at left tackle.