A member of the offensive line was seen walking on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his right foot following Monday’s practice.
D.J. Fluker, the team’s starting right guard, underwent an MRI on said right foot. Luckily, the results came back negative.
Mike McCoy said D.J. Fluker MRI "came out negative," which is a positive. Added won't give team's first injury report until week of opener.
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 23, 2016
Everybody give out a sigh of relief. That’s very positive news. Even though head coach Mike McCoy didn’t reveal what the injury was or how long Fluker would remain out, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a season-ending injury, something the Chargers couldn’t afford to have. The team already lost 2016 seventh-round pick Donavon Clark for the season with a torn ACL.
Fluker’s negative result is huge for an offensive line that needs to stay healthy. It was the root of the offense’s problem last season. For now, undrafted free agent Spencer Pulley looks to be Fluker’s replacement. Kenny Wiggins is also a player who could get first-team reps.
Chargers G D.J. Fluker (foot) not practicing today. Rookie Spencer Pulley working at right guard in place of… https://t.co/o5mOKqbz0K
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 23, 2016
Fluker, who missed four games due to injury in 2015, was off to a strong start. He even lost a boatload of weight in the offseason in order to up his game. Hopefully, Fluker will come back sooner rather than later.