D.J. Fluker’s Body Slam Was The Cause Of His Calf Injury

By Ernie Padaon

Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle

D.J. Fluker

(76) during training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RT D.J. Fluker body slammed Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore on Sunday. It was one of the most talked about plays in the game. It is one of the few plays in that game that I smile about. That play may have caused the calf injury that forced Fluker to the sideline for Thursday’s practice.

Let’s just watch that play one more time:

Some of his teammates were excited about the play:

“They were excited,” Fluker said. “They were like, ‘Man, I’ve never seen anything like that before.’ But I was worried about the consequences of the play.”


“I felt it then,” Fluker said. “A couple plays later, that’s when I really felt it late third quarter.”

The play got him injured and may put him on the sideline for a little bit. Not sure if it was worth the injury though.

“It wasn’t worth the injury,” Fluker said. “It was worth the play. … As an offensive lineman, I’m taught to finish, finish, finish.”

Fluker did finish him. He did say he went into “Mortal Kombat mode” (I think someone needs to make an image of Fluker in Mortal Kombat mode).

That is the type of play I want to see from my linemen. I know it was a penalty, but I felt it was undeserved. The linemen are taught to finish off the play and Fluker did his job. He learned this time that he shouldn’t slam him down so hard next time…. or make sure that he does it when nobody is looking.