Chargers ‘hopeful’ RB Austin Ekeler can play vs. Patriots

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Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was a surprise addition to the injury report on Thursday.

Dealing with a hip injury, Ekeler did not practice for the second consecutive day and is now questionable for this weekend’s contest against the Patriots.

Following Friday’s practice, head coach Brandon Staley said Ekeler felt sore after Wednesday’s session, which led to the decision of holding him out, adding that he is “hopeful” that the 26-year old can play.

With there not an established back behind Ekeler, not having him on the field would be a considerable loss. Ekeler has 73 of the team’s 139 carries, averaging almost 5 yards per carry, and has four rushing touchdowns.

In other injury-related news, it remains to be seen if defensive tackle Justin Jones will be activated off the injured reserve. Staley said Jones looked good in practice.