Patriots-Chargers injury report: Ekeler questionable after not practicing


The Los Angeles Chargers' high-powered offense could pose less of a challenge for the New England Patriots defense on Sunday if running back Austin Ekeler doesn't play or is limited in any way.

Ekeler, who's battling a hip injury, didn't practice Friday as the Chargers prepared for their Week 8 matchup at SoFi Stadium. Ekeler is a very talented dual-threat running back who leads the Chargers in rushing and ranks third on the team with 27 receptions. 

He's one of only two Chargers players -- linebacker Drew Tranquill is the other -- listed on the final injury report of the week. Los Angeles had a Week 7 bye, giving its players extra time to rest and recover before hosting the Patriots.

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The Patriots ruled out linebacker Brandon King for Sunday's matchup. He's dealing with a thigh injury. New England also listed 14 players as questionable, highlighted by center David Andrews, tight end Jonnu Smith and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

The Pats are coming off a massive 54-13 win over the New York Jets in Week 7. It easily was the team's best performance of the season. 

Here are the official Week 8 injury reports for the Patriots and Chargers.

New England Patriots (3-4)

OUT LB Brandon King, Thigh

DOUBTFUL No players listed

QUESTIONABLE C David Andrews, Ankle  LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Ribs  WR Kendrick Bourne, Shoulder  DL Carl Davis, Hand  S Kyle Dugger, Neck  K Nick Folk, Left Knee  DL Davon Godchaux, Finger  LB Dont'a Hightower, Ankle  G Shaq Mason, Abdomen  TE Jonnu Smith, Shoulder LB Josh Uche, Shoulder LB Kyle Van Noy, Groin  CB Shaun Wade, Concussion  DL Deatrich Wise Jr., Knee 


Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)

OUT No players listed

DOUBTFUL No players listed

QUESTIONABLE RB Austin Ekeler, Hip  LB Drue Tranquill, Chest