Source: Ekeler timeline the same after 2nd opinion

Oct 5, 2020

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after a second opinion on his injured hamstring confirmed the initial diagnosis, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ekeler will not require any sort of procedure on the hamstring, just rehab, the source said.

Ekeler also suffered a hyperextended knee during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it is not considered as significant of an issue as the hamstring injury, a source said.

Ekeler left the game on crutches and with a brace before undergoing an MRI on Monday.

Ekeler had 12 yards on two carries and one reception for 2 yards before leaving with 1:37 left in the first quarter of Los Angeles’ 38-31 loss. He leads the Chargers with 248 rushing yards and is third on the team with 144 receiving yards this season.

He signed a four-year, $24.5 million extension with the Chargers in the offseason. After a lengthy contract dispute with Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles signed Ekeler long-term instead.

Gordon eventually signed with the Denver Broncos, clearing the way for Ekeler to be the Chargers’ featured back.

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