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DJ Fluker may have injured himself by bodyslamming Sio Moore

DJ Fluker bodyslamWhen San Diego Chargers offensive lineman DJ Fluker tossed Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore like a rag doll in Sunday night, it cost him more than just 15 yards. Fluker has been dealing with a calf injury this week, and he told reporters on Thursday that he believes he sustained it during the infamous bodyslam.

“I felt it then,” Fluker said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “A couple plays later, that’s when I really felt it late third quarter. It wasn’t worth the injury. It was worth the play. … As an offensive lineman, I’m taught to finish, finish, finish.”

[Video: DJ Fluker gets penalty for epic bodyslam]

The 22-year-old was flagged for unnecessary roughness, though the Chargers went on to score a touchdown during that drive anyway. Fluker didn’t wind up costing his team any points, but he said he was thinking about the after effects of the play when his teammates were cheering while watching it on film.

“They were excited,” he said. “They were like, ‘Man, I’ve never seen anything like that before.’ But I was worried about the consequences of the play.”

San Diego head coach Mike McCoy described Fluker as “day to day” with the injury. He’ll likely play against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, but don’t be surprised if that’s the last bodyslam we see from the rookie this season for a number of reasons.

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DJ Fluker gets penalty for a bodyslam

San Diego Chargers rookie right tackle DJ Fluker was penalized 10 yards on Sunday night for bodyslamming Oakland Raiders pass rusher Sio Moore.

DJ Fluker bodyslamMoore bull-rushed Fluker on a first and 10 play from the San Diego 20 late in the third quarter. Moore got caught between Chargers linemen Fluker and Jeromey Clary and was lifted into the air. But Fluker decided to take it a step further by slamming Moore to the ground.

Moore was on the ground after being slammed by Fluker, which likely drew the officials’ attention to the play. Fluker was flagged for a personal foul for unsportsmanlike conduct. After the bodyslam, the Chargers marched down the field and scored to decrease the Raiders’ lead to 24-17.

I don’t remember too many other NFL players getting penalized for a bodyslam, so that certainly seemed unique. But we have seen some other bodyslam tackles recently. Take a look at those below:

GIF via @cjzero

Nick Saban walks out on press conference in response to DJ Fluker questions

Nick-Saban-press-conferenceAlabama head coach Nick Saban ended his press conference prematurely on Wednesday after he became frustrated with questions about a Yahoo! Sports article citing documents and text messages that have led to an improper benefits investigation. Former Crimson Tide lineman DJ Fluker has reportedly been interviewed by compliance officers and is cooperating with the school’s investigation regarding claims that he took money and benefits while at Alabama.

Saban, who was looking to discuss his team’s upcoming game against Texas A&M, was repeatedly asked questions about the article.

“I don’t know anything about any current players that will have any circumstances relative to this,” he replied. “So there’s no sense in asking about that.”

Of course, it was the only topic reporters wanted to discuss. Saban said multiple times that he had nothing more to add and that Alabama athletic director Bill Battle had already addressed the matter on behalf of everyone.

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DJ Fluker’s agent says they know who hacked his Twitter account

DJ Fluker was in a bit of a crapstorm after a tweet sent from his account Monday night said he accepted money while in college.

DJ Fluker Twitter hacked

Fluker’s agent was predictably fuming over the tweet, and it didn’t take him long to address the matter by calling the tweet a hack job.

Gilmore, who works for Priority Sports and Entertainment, told AL.com that they know who hacked Fluker.

“We know who did this,” Gilmore told Al.com. “This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”

Gilmore not only wanted to protect his client, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but also himself; it’s against the rules for agents to give money to college athletes.

Fluker was a part of three national championship teams at Alabama. He was a starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide’s last two national title teams. He can also play guard and would probably dominate at that position in the NFL.

So, the big question is: Do you believe Fluker’s agent? Was DJ really hacked? Let us know in the comments. We think it’s a 50-50 possibility.