In the first game of the season against the Detroit Lions, starting RG D.J. Fluker suffered what looked like a very severe ankle injury. After further examination by team doctors, Fluker was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.
Initial fears were that Fluker would be out 4-6 weeks. Leave it to D.J. to exceed expectations:
Chargers RG D.J. Fluker (ankle) is back at practice today, 11 days after being carted off field vs. Lions at Qualcomm Stadium.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 24, 2015
We will find out later whether Fluker was a full participant or not, but his is a very good sign for the Chargers, as Fluker's replacement, Chris Hairston, has not looked very good.
But that isn't all the good news for today. C Chris Watt is also back at practice today after not participating yesterday with a groin injury. If both Watt and Fluker can go Sunday it would be a huge boost for the offense.
In other injury news, KR Jacoby Jones is still not practicing, and neither is SS Jahleel Addae. After watching Keenan Allen's punt return performance last week, I'm starting to wonder if keeping Jones is worth it when Herndon is on the practice squad with proven return abilities.
The final piece of injury news for today is TE Ladarius Green.
Ladarius Green (concussion) is practicing today. Was limited participant Wednesday. Continuing to work his way through league protocol.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 24, 2015
I'm not sure this is a good idea at all. The team has already brought back Kyle Miller, at the expense of releasing some quality DL depth in Mitch Unrein, so why not just let Ladarius rest this week. I am not a doctor, but 2 concussions in less than 2 weeks cannot be good for you, and playing football again this weekend will not help.