Los Angeles Chargers Weakened by Injury to Starting Running Back

Published 09/09/2021, 11:50 AM EDT
Oct 7, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Chargers are about to have a fresh start this season against the Washington Football Team. But misfortune came knocking at the door of the Chargers days before the season starter. Their star RB Austin Ekeler sits out the training on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.

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And another hamstring injury for Austin

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The injury could prove devastating for the team as Washington is notorious for their demolishing defensive lineup. And to penetrate through this kind of defense, the Chargers would count on Austin for his explosive touchdown finishes.

The previous season was an injury-laden season for Austin Ekeler. His hamstring and hyper-extended knee injury made him sit on the sidelines until game-week 12. His injuries are a matter of grave concern, as it might sabotage the franchise’s plans with him.

Jan 3, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (31) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Darius Harris (47) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers without Austin Ekeler

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Although his injury revealed how much the team depends upon him; while he was sidelined, the Chargers struggled to cover enough yards. Even though limited to just 10 games in 2020, the running back rushed 530 yards, with 54 receptions for 403 yards receiving and three total touchdowns. Because of his crazy displays later that season, he is one of the top picks in the fantasy drafts this season.

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Although the Chargers have three more alternatives to fill up the void if Austin were to miss the first week. Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree III are the other backs according to the roster who could replace him for the first week. However, the absence of the star running back might give Washington an upper hand in their already hazardous defensive game.

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Oct 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Being one of the trump cards of the Chargers’ offense, Austin is trying hard to recover before the team makes their way to Washington. With just about three days to go for their first appearance in the 2021 regular season, the running back has to work on his injury or start the season by being sidelined.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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