San Diego Chargers RG Johnnie Troutman had to leave the preseason game early on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys with an arm injury. The latest report says that he has suffered a broken arm and will have to sit out a number of games. He is out indefinitely.
#Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman sustained a broken arm in last night's preseason game, per sources.
— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) August 14, 2015
Troutman was fighting for a roster spot. It already seemed like he had lost his starting role at right guard with DJ Fluker working his way into the starting lineup. He was looking to fill the spot as the backup guard on the roster.
Troutman has been struggling through injuries in training camp this season after starting 15 games last year. This injury could put him on the IR and the team will need to find some depth at the position. The team has been using Jeremiah Sirles and Michael Huey at the position in training camp. Both players are unproven, but they will get a good opportunity to make the roster as the backup at guard.
This will wrap up the competition at the starting right guard spot. Fluker doesn’t have any other choice now and will have to give up the idea of kicking back to the outside. His focus will be to grow as a guard and to prove that he can handle the position.