Former New York Giants’ offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz tweeted Monday evening that current offensive guard D.J. Fluker might miss time with an injury.
Hearing from sources that @Giants DJ Fluker might miss a few weeks with an injury to his foot. Fluker has been a bright spot along that offensive line and will garner attention in free agency.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 20, 2017
Our own Ed Valentine was in the locker room after Sunday’s game and tells me that Fluker was the last player to enter and was limping badly.
Fluker played all of the offense’s 69 snaps after going down with a knee injury against the San Francisco 49ers. He was hobbling after that game as well.
As for Fluker’s free agency chances, Schwartz is correct that he should garner significant interest — first and foremost from the Giants themselves. Fluker’s presence on the offensive line helped them rediscover a long-dormant running game, taking pressure off a receiving corps dealing with injuries to its best players. He also gives the offensive line the kind of power and passion it has rarely seen since the heyday of Chris Snee and Rich Suebert. At just 26, Fluker was an under-the-radar, low risk, signing that might help stabilize the interior of the offensive line for years to come.
He deserves a good contract from the team that took a chance on him.
In the near term, veteran RG John Greco or former practice squad player Jon Halapio would be the likely candidates to step in for Fluker.
Full Injury Report
Did Not Participate in Practice
G D.J. Fluker (toe)
LB B.J. Goodson (ankle)
DT Damon Harrison (ankle)
LB Calvin Munson (quad)
OL Justin Pugh (back)
DE Olivier Vernon (shoulder)
Limited Participation in Practice
RB Orleans Darkwa (hamstring)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
WR Sterling Shepard (illness)
LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin)
DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle)