Chargers right tackle D.J. Fluker’s body slam/block of Raiders linebacker Sio Moore last week made him a hero in the meeting room, and set the stage for a possible future in pro wrestling.
But he also hurt himself doing it.
Fluker injured his calf, and was held out of practice Tursday because of it. And he thinks it was on the play in which he lifted Moore off the ground and deposited him rather roughly (video here).
“They were excited,” Fluker said of his teammates, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. They were like, ‘Man, I’ve never seen anything like that before.‘ But I was worried about the consequences of the play.”
“It wasn’t worth the injury. It was worth the play. . . . As an offensive lineman, I’m taught to finish, finish, finish.”
Of course, it might also prove to not be worth the fine, as he was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.
But the big thing will be getting him back on the field, as the Chargers have struggled to keep a consistent line on the field all season. Coach Mike McCoy said Fluker was “day-to-day,” but he was doing drills after practice Thursday.