In the midst of the week, Chargers running back Austin Ekeler remains absent from practice, nursing his lingering ankle injury. This injury has kept Ekeler off the field, raising doubts about his availability for Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.
During recent practice sessions, Ekeler was observed without his protective pads, strolling the field and engaging in discussions with coaches. All of this signifies the extensive recovery process he is undergoing following the ankle injury he sustained during Week 1’s clash against the Miami Dolphins, a game that saw the Chargers suffer a home opening loss.
Week 1 showcased the Chargers’ rushing prowess, with the team amassing an impressive 233 yards on the ground, averaging a remarkable 5.8 yards per carry. This ground assault was spearheaded by Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, both of whom tallied 16 carries each.
Ekeler, in particular, made a substantial impact, accumulating 117 rushing yards, including a standout 55-yard sprint. In contrast, Kelley adopted an aggressive running style, racking up 91 yards on the ground.
However, Week 2 took a different turn as Ekeler’s absence loomed large. The Chargers struggled to muster just 61 rushing yards on 21 attempts, resulting in a meager 2.9 yards per carry for the game.
The formidable defensive front of the Tennessee Titans undoubtedly posed a more challenging obstacle, but the stark decline in the Chargers’ ground performance was unmistakable. Equally noticeable was the void left in the passing game, where Ekeler’s dual-threat capabilities were sorely missed.
Ekeler himself has shared insights on his ankle injury, characterizing it as a week-to-week concern. He remains optimistic about returning to the field sooner rather than later, offering a glimmer of hope for Chargers fans and the team’s prospects in Week 3.