The Los Angeles Chargers are buzzing with anticipation as star running back Austin Ekeler gears up for a potential return. Sidelined since the season opener due to an ankle injury, Ekeler expressed immense optimism about stepping back onto the gridiron in the MNF game against the Dallas Cowboys. He recently noted on his popular “Ekeler’s Edge” podcast, “I think it’s safe to say that AE30 is going to be out there on the field.”
The Chargers felt Ekeler‘s absence since he was injured during the kickoff game against the Miami Dolphins. Initially, he said that his injury was fluctuating, calling it a “day-to-day, week-to-week situation”. There was growing hope that Ekeler might make his much-awaited comeback in Week 4 against the Las Vegas Raiders. However, the Chargers decided to go on the side of caution and give their star running back an extended rest period.
Ekeler was poised for a big season
With the team’s bye week offering additional recovery time, the latest insights hint at a rejuvenated and ready-to-roll Ekeler. His previous season’s stats of 915 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns stand testament to his game-changing capabilities. As a potential fantasy standout, the 28-year-old RB, now in his seventh season, was poised to make waves this fall. The fact that he’s approaching the end of a four-year contract further adds to the high expectations around him.
Coming off two consecutive victories, the Chargers‘ momentum seems to be on the rise, currently standing at 2-2 for the season. In Ekeler‘s absence, Joshua Kelley shouldered the team’s rushing responsibilities, notably grinding out 65 yards during their 24-17 triumph against the Raiders. As the Chargers square off against the Cowboys – who are recovering from a significant 42-10 defeat by the San Francisco 49ers – the reintegration of Ekeler could be the x-factor in tilting the game in their favor.