Just eleven days after suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener, right guard D.J. Fluker was once again on the practice field with his teammates Thursday.
Though he was limited, it was a step in the right direction for Fluker, especially since high ankle sprains can sometimes take 4-6 weeks of recovery.
After practice, head coach Mike McCoy said Fluker had a "nice practice."
"He worked into certain things that we want him to do,” McCoy said. “Like all players, they are all champing at the bit. They all want to help us win. So I think that he’s worked extremely hard up until this point in time, and he’s champing at the bit to get back out there as soon as he can.”
It remains to be seen whether Fluker will play Sunday. The risk of further injury if his ankle is not completely healed is one the coaches will have to consider as they prepare for the Vikings.
Also limited in Thursday's practice was TE Ladarius Green (concussion) and center Chris Watt (groin). Safety Jahleel Addae, KR/WR Jacoby Jones, G Johnnie Troutman and OLB Tourek Williams did not practice.
When asked if the Chargers defense improved from Week One to Week Two, defensive coordinator John Pagano got straight to the point.
"No," Pagano said. "We lost. Bottom line is, we didn't play well. Number one, we have to coach better and that starts with me. Number two, we have to play better. When you go and play a great football team like the team we faced, you have to make sure to minimize mistakes. You've got to stop the run and you can't give up big plays. I was happy the way we fought -- I thought the effort was great -- and at the end of the day we still had a chance to pull it out. We didn't."
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been a welcome addition to this offense, with 11 catches for 127 yards through the first two games (and a touchdown in each game). Here's offensive coordinator Frank Reich on how Johnson has impacted this offense so far: