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The Chargers did not place running back Austin Ekeler on injured reserve, leading to the expectation that he would return sooner than later.
2023 Los Angeles Chargers Regular Season Overview
Next GameNext Game 09/24/2023 1:00 PM EST
Next OpponentNext Opponent MIN Minnesota Vikings 
Standing (Division)Division Rank 3rd AFC West
WinsWins 0
LossesLosses 2
DrawsDraws 0
PPGPoints per Game 29
OPPGOpponent Points per Game 31.5
Head CoachHead Coach Brandon Staley

Rotoworld Player News

  • LAC Linebacker #97
    Bosa played on the same injured hamstring last week and casually went out and totaled two sacks and two TFLs against the Titans. He was a limited participant in two of the team’s three practices this week and will in all likelihood play in Week 3 as the Chargers look to secure their first win of the season.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    This was always expected to be the case, especially after Ekeler said on his own podcast that this was “a day-to-day, week-to-week type of situation.” The Chargers will once again rely on Joshua Kelley to serve in a lead back role while hoping for better results against the Vikings. It’s only been two weeks, but the Vikings have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game on the season, and were obliterated by D’Andre Swift Swift (28-175-1) and the Eagles last week. Kelley will have some high-end RB2 appeal.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday as well, it’s safe to rule out Ekeler for Week 3 against the Vikings. Ekeler said earlier this week his injury was a “day-to-day, week-to-week type of situation.” It sounds like a Week 4 return is up in the air as well. With the Chargers’ passing game capable of carrying the load on offense until Ekeler returns, the need for LA to rush him back is low. Joshua Kelley will start versus a weak Minnesota run defense. After seeing the bulk of the work in Week 2, he will project for high-end RB2 numbers this week.
  • LAC Linebacker #97
    Bosa was limited in Wednesday’s practiced but sidelined on Thursday. It’s possible this is nothing more than a rest day for Bosa, who has deal with a hamstring injury for nearly two weeks after aggravating it in Week 1. He still suited up for the Chargers in Week 2 and totaled two sacks, so we’d expect him to be ready to go for Week 3 against the Vikings.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Ekeler has missed each of the Chargers’ first two practices to start the week and is trending two missing another week. Ekeler said on his podcast earlier that he’s happy with the progress he’s made in his recover and that his injury is a “day-to-day, week to week type of situation.” The Chargers didn’t place Ekeler on injured reserve, which suggests they expect him to return in less than four weeks. If he’s unable to go in Week 3 against the Vikings, fantasy managers can fire up Joshua Kelley as a top-24 option.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Ekeler missed all of practiced last week and was sidelined again to start this week. On his podcast, Ekeler said his injury is a “day-to-day, week to week type of situation,” and that he hopes to be back “sooner than later.” It’s not exactly an optimistic quote from Ekeler as far as his Week 3 status is concerned, but it doesn’t sound like he plans on missing much more time. The Chargers didn’t place Ekeler on injured reserve, which is a signal the team expects him back in no more than four weeks. We’ll see if he gets on the field before the weekend, but if he doesn’t, Joshua Kelley will be the lead back against the Vikings.
  • LAC Linebacker #97
    Bosa practiced once last week before being listed as questionable. He ultimately played through the hamstring issue and totaled two sacks plus two TFLs. The downside is that he was on the field for just 19 snaps. Even when limited, Bosa is elite, but it will be impossible for him to sustain that kind of production on such a limited role. Expect the Chargers to slowly ramp up his reps over the next few weeks in an effort to prevent his hamstring issue from worsening.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #81
    The ankle issue is new for Williams, but the full practice suggests it isn’t noteworthy. After a slow Week 1, Williams went for 83 yards on eight catches in Week 2. He will look to improve again in a likely shootout with the Vikings on Sunday.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Ekeler went down with the ankle injury near the end of LA’s Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. He missed all three of the team’s practices the following week before being ruled out for Week 2. We appear to be headed for Ekeler’s second missed game. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told reporters earlier this week there is “no timeline” for Ekeler’s return. Joshua Kelley rushed 13 times for 39 yards as the starter in Week 2. He played on 79 percent of the Chargers’ snaps. That role puts him in the high-end RB2 ranks heading into Week 3 versus the Vikings.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Well, that went from bad to worse really quickly. Expect Joshua Kelley to continue serving as the team’s lead back in his absence, after Kelley played a massive 79 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 2. Fantasy managers that sunk first-round capital into the veteran back have to be struggling to fill the void left behind.