Checking in on status of Chargers RB Austin Ekeler following Thursday’s practice

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After missing practice on Wednesday, Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was a non-participant again today.

Ekeler, who is currently dealing with a hamstring issue, had his helmet and pads on but did not participate. Instead, he just watched from the side.

According to Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed, the team is optimistic Ekeler can play Week 1 barring any setbacks.

Ekeler had a hamstring injury that sidelined him for six games last season, which is why this is something that should be monitored closely leading up into the season opener.

If Ekeler isn’t able to go, Justin Jackson will be handed the keys as the lead back while Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree compliment him.

Los Angeles will practice once more on Friday before flying out to Washington.