Chargers’ D.J. Fluker sits out practice after suffering concussion
The Chargers’ top draft pick, who started the team’s first two games this season, was injured late in Wednesday’s practice. But the concussion wasn’t diagnosed until after the workout, according to Chargers coach Mike McCoy.
"It's just one of those things where we will see how he is tomorrow morning and go from there," McCoy said.
D.J. Fluker is a very important part in the Chargers offense. But he will have to pass the concussion tests before being cleared to join practice again. That puts his availability against the Titans in jeopardy, since players with concussions are usually given a game/week off by their teams. This could lead to a change in the Chargers’ game plans against the Titans. Since second-year pro Michael Harris is the only backup offensive tackle on the roster, it would make sense if the Chargers go with him at the position Sunday night. But McCoy did not commit to Harris getting the job, even if Fluker is unable to start.
However, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was more direct on the subject.
"The next guy has to step up and play,” he said, while adding that Fluker hasn’t been ruled out yet. But considering the situation from all angles, he answered “yes” to the question that if Harris could fill in at the spot in the worst-case scenario.
Whisenhunt also indicated that the Chargers could be moved right guard Jeromey Clary over to right tackle if needed. But reports indicate that Harris is getting consideration, with the Chargers on Thursday preparing Harris at right tackle.
"I know my teammates and coaches are really counting on me," Harris said. "I'm really prepared to go out there and get that win. I just have to do my part and I'll be fine."
Harris has previously started nine games at left tackle, during his rookie season. But the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Harris played right tackle at UCLA, and has rotated across both sides of the line with the Chargers over the last few months.
"I feel very comfortable over there," Harris said.