This past off-season, the Los Angeles Chargers made a huge investment in running back Austin Ekeler.
Unfortunately, not even a 4th of the way through the regular season Ekeler suffered a pivotal hamstring injury in week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ekeler is expected to miss about 4-6 weeks following his injury which he sustained in the first quarter of Sundays’ game.
Following Ekelers’ injury, the Chargers’ running game went stagnant. Justin Herbert ended up leading the team in rushing this week with 14 yards. The Chargers could not find any success with rookie Josh Kelley, who had a game-changing fumble prior to the conclusion of the first half. They also could not utilize Justin Jackson to succeed either.
This next month and a half could be huge for the injury-ridden Bolts squad. Justin Jackson could be the X-factor in this situation, now that Kelley has two huge fumbles on the year.
This could be a blessing in disguise for Jackson, who could earn his role back that he had prior to Kelley bursting on to the scene.
Austin Ekeler is just one of many injuries for the Chargers, but he is a key role in the success of this Bolts’ rushing and passing attack.
It will be interesting to see how coach Anthony Lynn uses the rushing attack from this point forward.
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