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.
Without Ekeler, the Chargers’ run game