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Chargers Daily Links: Austin Ekeler to receive MRI today

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Losses sting a tremendous amount more when significant injuries occur in the same game. Early in the Chargers’ Sunday loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back Austin Ekeler went down with a hamstring injury that did not look great in any facet.

After he needed to be helped off the field, the medical staff struggled to even get him on the cart to drive him away because he was in so much pain. While being noted as a hammy issue, he looked to also have a hyperextended knee with the way it got stuck in the grass.

Per Adam Schefter, Ekeler was spotted with crutches and a brace postgame, which shouldn’t be a surprise but only confirms most of our fears. He’ll have that MRI today, but there’s likely no way he’s available for the next few weeks, if at all the rest of the season.

In his place, rookie Joshua Kelley, who fumbled for the second time on Sunday, and Justin Jackson will have to hold down rushing duties for the time being. This also means either Darius Bradwell or Troymaine Pope will be a fixture on the active roster going forward.

Now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Week 4 recap (Chargers.com)

Check out Justin Herbert’s top throws against the Bucs (Chargers.com)

Austin Ekeler is expected to miss multiple weeks (Chargers Wire)

Brandon Viera grades Justin Herbert’s performance against Tampa Bay (Bolt Beat)

NFL News:

Bill Barnwell discusses just how bad the NFC East has been this season (ESPN)

Gary Davenport discusses how the Cowboys’ biggest issue is not Dak Prescott (Bleacheer Report)

The Eagles defense helped get the best of the 49ers on SNF (CBS Sports)

Fantasy winners and losers from week 4 (CBS Sports)

Here are some early Week 5 waiver wire adds (CBS Sports)

NFL Nation lists all of their takeaways from Week 4 (ESPN)