The San Diego Chargers offense has been surprisingly good through the first two weeks, largely due to the play of the offensive line and rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker. However, Fluker missed practice on Thursday due to a concussion he suffered in Wednesday’s practice and is in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
With just three days to go before the game, it’s unlikely that Fluker will be ready. With the NFL taking concussions very seriously nowadays, it will be difficult for Fluker to pass all the tests and prove he is fine, even if he feels good by game day.
If Fluker isn’t able to go, Mike Harris will take his spot. In training camp, Harris showed good improvement since being a disaster at left tackle last season, but isn’t nearly as good in the run game as Fluker and certainly doesn’t have the chemistry with the other lineman that Fluker has been able to develop. Harris is also the only backup tackle currently on the team, which means the Chargers may need to make a roster move before the game.
Through two games, Fluker has looked like a rookie at times, but overall has held up pretty well. He got man-handled by a Connor Barwin-bull rush last Sunday for a sack, but actually played pretty well against J.J. Watt in the season opener.
Also, expect fellow rookie Manti Te’o to miss Sunday’s game as well. Though he was able to practice for the second straight day returning from a foot injury that held him out for six weeks, he was again limited and still needs to get into football shape. Expect both players to return September 29 against the Dallas Cowboys.