Friday, December 6, 2013
King Dunlap probable vs. Giants
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers have a chance to start the team's projected starting offensive line for the first time since Week 3 of the regular season against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Left tackle King Dunlap made it through a full week of practice, and is listed as probable on San Diego’s injury report. Dunlap missed the past three games with a neck strain.
If Dunlap starts, rookie D.J. Fluker will move over to his regular spot of right tackle, and Jeromey Clary will kick inside to his regular position of right guard. Rounding out the offensive line would be Chad Rinehart at left guard, replacing second-year pro Johnnie Troutman, and Nick Hardwick at center.
Hardwick, a 10-year veteran, is the only offensive lineman who has not missed a start this season. Hardwick did not practice most of this week because of a neck stinger, but was a full participant at Friday’s practice, and is listed as probable for Sunday.
“We’re just looking for the best group of five that give us the best chance to win,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. “They’ve all done a phenomenal job all year of protecting Philip [Rivers], run blocking and just having position flexibility.”
Receiver Eddie Royal (toe/chest) was the only San Diego player that did not practice on Friday. Fluker (ankle) was listed as a limited participant, but is probable for Sunday. Royal and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (hand) are questionable for Sunday.
Fluker, defensive end Lawrence Guy (toe), receiver Lavelle Hawkins (knee) and defensive end Corey Liuget (knee) are all probable for Sunday.