In Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, D.J. Fluker appeared to suffer an ankle injury and was carted off the field.
He left Qualcomm Stadium in a walking boot, using crutches to prop up his large frame.
On Monday, it was reported that Fluker suffered a high ankle sprain, which would sideline him for at least 4-6 weeks. The tackle-turned-guard had just seemed to get comfortable in his new position (which was introduced to him in the second week of training camp) and the injury would be a blow not only to Fluker, but to an offensive line that had just begun a process of jelling and building chemistry.
An MRI will tell more, but if indeed Fluker is out for an extended amount of time, it begs the question: What next?
Here are some options:
**The Chargers may move center Chris Watt to right guard (the position he played at Notre Dame) and slot Trevor Robinson in at center. This would leave Chris Hairston as a reserve, and since he's able to play guard/tackle on both sides of the line, he might be more valuable in the back-up position than as a starter because, inevitably, someone else will likely go down at some point.
**The Chargers may leave Watt at center (remember, this is his first year to start at that position and the consistency is something he needs if they're going to keep him as a center long-term) and slide Hairston in at right guard, like they did in Sunday's game. Hairston had never played guard in the NFL before Sunday -- he was primarily a swing tackle during his time in Buffalo -- but said he had prepared well, no doubt in part to the regimen imparted from offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris.
**Someone from the practice squad, like Tyreek Burwell, could get a shot, but moves would need to be made in the process.
We should know more Wednesday about how this shakes out.