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.
Chargers’ RB Austin Ekeler was spotted postgame with crutches and a brace to help him with the hyperextended knee and hamstring injury he is thought to have suffered today, per source. Ekeler will have an MRI on Monday but he is expected to miss multiple weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2020
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.
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)
Bill Barnwell discusses just how bad the NFC East has been this season (ESPN)
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)