SAN DIEGO — Two players limped out of the Charger offices Sunday afternoon: starting left guard James FitzPatrick and reserve linebacker Woodrow Lowe.
FitzPatrick woke up Sunday morning with a swollen left knee and later needed crutches just to get around. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the same knee three weeks ago, and team doctors are now saying that the knee is infected.
Coach Al Saunders said Sunday he isn't sure whether FitzPatrick will play in Sunday's season opener against Kansas City. If he can't, Sam Claphan will start in his place.
Lowe, who injured his left knee two weeks ago, felt a "clicking" sound in the knee last week, and team doctors diagnosed it Sunday as cartilage damage. Saunders said Lowe will undergo surgery Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks.