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Chargers' offensive line getting healthy

12/5/2013

SAN DIEGO -- A limited participant in practice last week after returning from a neck strain, starting left tackle King Dunlap was a full participant at Wednesday’s fully padded practice, a sign that he could be available on Sunday after missing the past three games.

Rookie D.J. Fluker has played left tackle in place of Dunlap. And while Fluker’s effort has been commendable, overall San Diego’s offensive line has struggled to consistently protect quarterback Philip Rivers, giving up 10 sacks in the past four games.

The Chargers have started five different starting offensive line combinations this season, and played five different players at left tackle, so getting some continuity back on the offensive line is important.

“It’d be great to get him back,” Rivers said. “We’ll see how the week goes, and how everything plays out. But it’d be great to get as many guys healthy as we can and see what we can do this last quarter of the season. We’ve created our own problems, so we’ll see if we can dig our way out.”

Along with Dunlap and Fluker (ankle), defensive end Lawrence Guy (toe), receiver Lavelle Hawkins (knee), outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (hand) and defensive end Corey Liuget (knee) were full participants.

Center Nick Hardwick (neck) and receiver Eddie Royal (chest/toe) did not practice on Wednesday. Hardwick's injury is more of a maintenance issue, and he's expected to play on Sunday.