The Chargers just can’t catch a break this year as running back Austin Ekeler is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury and a hyperextended knee as told by sources close to the team.
Ekeler is seeking a second opinion on his injuries and timeline for a return, according to Schefter. Ekeler left Sunday’s game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on crutches and with a brace, according to Schefter, before undergoing an MRI on Monday. This is a big blow to the offense that already let Melvin Gordon walk in the offseason and saw Tyrod Taylor, Derwin James, and Pouncey get hurt.
Without Ekeler, the Chargers’ run game suffered in Tampa. Quarterback Justin Herbert led the team in rushing with 14 yards. As a team, they ran for 46 yards on 23 carries. They are hoping Joshua Kelley can carry the load with Justin Jackson coming in as the change of pace back until Ekeler can come back but it looks to me like we will be seeing Justin Herbert throwing it early and often now.
Everyone at AEE wishes Austin Ekeler a speedy recovery.