SAN DIEGO – An impact player for the offensive line might be back for the San Diego Chargers, but they could be without a valuable piece of the secondary.
Guard D.J. Fluker practiced for a second straight day as a limited participant and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Fluker suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Detroit Lions in a Week 1 contest at Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 13, and missed last week’s loss on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals.
But Fluker appeared to get some work with the starters during the early portion of practice made available to reporters on Friday.
“It’s still up in the air right now,” Fluker said. “It depends on the coaches and my trainers right now. We’ll see how things go tomorrow.”
If Fluker can’t play then Chris Hairston likely would make his second start at right guard. Hairston was listed as probable on the injury report with a knee issue.
“He did a good job,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said about Fluker. “He’s worked hard to get back to where he is today. And we have a couple days before we make a decision on what we’re going to do.”
Making a surprise appearance on the injury report this week was starting cornerback Jason Verrett. After being listed as full participant on Thursday with a foot issue, the TCU product was a limited participant on Friday and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Verrett missed 10 games last year as a rookie with a torn labrum that required surgery to repair. If Verrett can’t play, slot defender Patrick Robinson would likely be the next man up.
Like Fluker and Verrett, tight end Ladarius Green was a limited participant with a concussion on Friday and is listed as questionable.