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Speaking on the Move the Sticks Podcast, NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks said he believes rookie RB Isaiah Spiller is a “true #1” type of talent. “I would not be surprised to see him emerge as a star-quality player for the Chargers,” Brooks added. The long-time analyst pointed out Spiller’s size and pass-catching ability. (The 217-pounder caught 74 balls across 3 college seasons.) He’s the clear favorite for #2 duties entering the summer, but note that Austin Ekeler’s under contract for 2 more seasons.

The Chargers added Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller in the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He surprisingly ends up as the 9th RB off the board – likely because of his disappointing Combine. The 6’0, 217-pounder ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash and also bombed the vertical and broad jumps. Spiller led the Aggies backfield in all 3 years on campus, though, racking up 2,993 rushing yards, 25 rushing TDs and 74 catches. You can see Spiller’s underwhelming speed on tape, but he’s a smart back with good vision and contact balance. Spiller has a chance to immediately win the ‘big-back’ role in Los Angeles behind Austin Ekeler. Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree are underwhelming competitors.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has been activated from the COVID list. We'll keep an eye on the ankle injury that limited him back in Week 15, but the week off should have him healthier for Sunday's game vs. the Broncos.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler announced via Instagram that he tested positive for COVID still on Saturday and will miss Sunday's game against the Texans. That positions Justin Jackson to lead the backfield in a high-upside matchup. He will share work -- to an unclear degree -- with Joshua Kelley and perhaps Larry Rountree, though. So don't overrate the certainty of Jackson's fantasy outlook.

The Chargers on Wednesday finally placed RB Austin Ekeler on the COVID list. The move was 1st reported Monday, but then the team didn't end up putting him on the reserve at that point. It would obviously help his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Texans if Ekeler's window dates back to the beginning of the week. For now, we'll move ahead assuming that Justin Jackson will lead the Chargers in carries and that Joshua Kelley will follow. The Houston matchup makes both players more interesting than they'd be in just about any other spot.

The Chargers placed 7 players on the COVID list on Monday, but RB Austin Ekeler was not 1 of them. There were multiple reports this morning that Ekeler was headed to the list. He wasn't at practice on Monday, per The Athletic's Daniel Popper, but the situation is unclear at this point. Stay tuned.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has been placed on the COVID list. It's unclear if he tested positive or was a close contact. We also don't know if Ekeler is vaccinated. There's a chance he's cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the Texans, but fantasy owners should be operating for now as if Ekeler won't be available. His absence would leave Justin Jackson as Los Angeles' lead back -- and a viable RB2 in a plus matchup against Houston.

Update: According to NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti, HC Brandon Staley calls Ekeler “day to day.” So it sounds like he has at least a chance of being ready to play

7:01pm EST 12/16/21

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) is active for tonight's game vs. the Chiefs. NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti reported earlier today that Ekeler "won't get a full workload" tonight, but we've yet to hear anything concrete on a snap count or touch count. It's also worth noting that RB Lary Rountree is a healthy scratch, which can only be taken as a positive for how confident the Chargers are in Ekeler holding up tonight.

NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti hears that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) "won't get a full workload" against the Chiefs tonight. He's experiencing "more soreness than originally expected," Bisciotti adds. We'll look for more clues on exactly how much action Ekeler will see tonight. He could get 60-70% of his usual volume and still be worth using in fantasy lineups. But you shouldn't be expecting a ceiling game from him tonight.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) is expected to play vs. the Chiefs tonight. Ekeler got in 2 limited practices this week and is listed as questionable. Pelissero confirms that Ekeler is "banged up" but "the plan is to give it a go in a huge game against Kansas City." Ekeler will come with more risk than usual in Week 15 but would be extremely tough to keep out of fantasy lineups.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game vs. the Chiefs. He got in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. HC Brandon Staley labeled him a game-time decision, which is a little surprising after Staley expressed little concern about Ekeler's status earlier in the week. We'll find out whether he's playing around 7 pm ET tomorrow. If not, we'd likely see a 3-man committee with RBs Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree. Jackson would be the best fantasy bet -- but just a RB3 or flex play.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) put in a limited practice on Tuesday. HC Brandon Staley hasn't seem concerned about Ekeler's injury since his post-game press conference on Sunday, and it looks like Ekeler is on track to play vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Chargers HC Brandon Staley called RB Austin Ekeler's ankle injury "nothing major" on Monday. Ekeler was listed as a non-participant on the Chargers' estimated Monday injury report, but Staley said that he expects Ekeler to practice this week. It sounds like we should expect him to play vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler injured his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Giants. He got it taped and was testing it on the sidelines. We'll see if Ekeler is able to re-enter, but the Chargers are up 30 to 7.

Update: Ekeler is officially questionable to return with an ankle injury.

The Chargers on Wednesday placed WR Mike Williams on the COVID list. He, of course, joins teammate WR Keenan Allen, potentially leaving QB Justin Herbert down his top 2 wideouts for Sunday's game against the Giants. We'll keep an eye on the situations for both players. Jalen Guyton and Joshua Palmer look like the next 2 WRs up. RB Austin Ekeler, TE Jared Cook and even TE Donald Parham could all be in for more targets, though, if Williams and Allen both miss the game. On defense, the Chargers also placed CB Chris Harris Jr. on the COVID list. That might be more interesting for fantasy purposes if the Giants weren't down to their 3rd QB.

Update: HC Brandon Staley says Williams and Harris are on the list merely as close contacts. That means each player can make it back for Sunday's game as long as he continues to test negative.

2:36pm EDT 10/31/21

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hip) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He was reportedly sore after Wednesday’s practice, so HC Brandon Staley opted to give him the next 2 days off. It adds some risk to Ekeler’s Week 8 profile. But if you waited on him, get him in your starting lineup. It’s worth noting that RB Joshua Kelley is a healthy scratch, leaving just RBs Justin Jackson and Larry Rountree behind Ekeler. That suggests the Chargers aren’t very concerned about Ekeler.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hip) confirmed to ESPN that he'll play vs. the Patriots today, per Adam Schefter. "Not that there was much of a question," Schefter adds. That makes it sound as if Ekeler wasn't in any real danger of missing this one, despite sitting out practice on Thursday and Friday. He belongs in Week 8 fantasy lineups.

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