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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are game-time decisions for tonight's meeting with the Raiders. "Both receivers were sore Sunday and the short week doesn’t help," Pelissero adds. We'll get Chargers inactives around 7 pm ET. We'd try to avoid Williams at less than 100%. Allen will obviously carry more risk if active but would still be tough to bench. Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton are the healthy WRs behind Allen and Williams. RB Austin Ekeler and TE Hunter Henry could also get target bumps tonight.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game vs. the Raiders. We've heard nothing to suggest that Ekeler is in any danger of missing this one, but check back around 7 pm ET tomorrow to make sure he's active.

The Chargers estimated multiple key starters as missing practice on their Monday injury report, ahead of Thursday night's game against the Raiders. WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams look like the 2 biggest to watch. Williams made it through just 2 snaps in Sunday's win over the Falcons before succumbing to a back injury. He looks unlikely to play Week 15. Allen left late in that contest with what has been deemed hamstring "soreness," according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. We'll see about Allen's progress over the next couple of days. The Chargers also listed Austin Ekeler (quad) and Hunter Henry (hip) as non-participants on Monday's practice estimate. We'll certainly keep an eye on them as well, but both saw their usual playing time vs. Atlanta. It doesn't seem like there's real concern for either.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bills. RB Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is inactive, so it’ll be Ekeler, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope in the backfield. We’ll see just how much Ekeler plays in his 1st action since Week 4, but we’d lean toward getting him back into fantasy lineups. There’s big upside here in a likely shootout vs. the Bills’ 22nd-ranked RB defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is expected to get "significant carries" against the Bills today. We'll see exactly how much action he gets on the ground -- but Ekeler should also be busy in the passing game. He has RB1 upside today.

Chargers RB Kalen Ballage (calf, ankle) is not expected to play Sunday at Buffalo, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ballage is officially questionable, so we'll confirm his status when the inactives come out. His absence would leave the backfield to a returning Austin Ekeler, with Troymaine Pope and Joshua Kelley behind him.

The Chargers have placed RB Austin Ekeler on the active roster. It's an indication -- although not a guarantee -- that he'll return for Sunday's game against the Bills. We'll find out for sure when inactives are announced at 11:30 am ET tomorrow. If he plays, Ekeler will carry elevated risk in his 1st action since Week 4. But he'll also boast RB1 upside in this explosive, Herbert-led offense.

Chargers RB Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring), meanwhile, has a "chance" to return for that one, HC Anthony Lynn said Friday. We'll have to keep a close eye on this backfield leading up to Sunday's game. It's a 1 pm ET start, so we'll get the inactives by 11:30 am ET. Ekeler will be worth getting right back into fantasy lineups if he plays. If Ekeler is out and Ballage suits up, the latter will be a volume-based fantasy starter. The Bills rank 22nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

The Chargers are set to activate RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) from IR, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Ekeler will return to practice this week, although it's still uncertain if he'll play against the Bills on Sunday. We'll monitor his progress. Ekeler should quickly re-emerge as a RB1 -- especially in PPR -- in the Justin Herbert-led Chargers offense.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that RB Austin Ekeler will be back "later rather than sooner," according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic. Lynn added that Ekeler's hamstring injury is "very serious." The initial recovery timeline called for Ekeler missing 4-6 weeks. This week will make 3 since the injury, and it's sounding like we should expect at least the longer end of that.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury and a hyperextended knee. Ekeler is reportedly seeking a 2nd opinion on the injury and his return timeline. Whether to keep him on your fantasy roster will come down to differences in specific team needs, roster sizes and available alternatives. In addition to leaving more playing time and touches available for Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson, we might see a few extra targets go to TE Hunter Henry and/or WR Keenan Allen. Neither Kelley nor Jackson looks equipped to take over the full receiving role of Ekeler, who can run more WR-type routes than most RBs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler sustained a "serious hamstring injury" in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He says the team hasn't made a final decision yet but that Ekeler is likely headed to IR, "with hope of returning later in the season." That language indicates they don't know yet whether Ekeler will return. We'll wait for the official IR move. But Ekeler might be a drop candidate if you play in a shallower league with no IR spots. Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson, meanwhile, make obvious moves up the depth chart and should be owned in nearly all leagues of 10+ teams.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with a hyperextended knee and hamstring injury suffered in today's loss to the Bucs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ekeler was in a brace and using crutches afterward. We'll look for a more concrete timeline for him, but fantasy owners should obviously start making other plans for Week 5 and beyond. The Chargers will turn to a backfield committee with Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler left late in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with what could be a serious left ankle injury. Ekeler was holding his foot off the ground before the play even ended, as he was being tackled. He left the field with the help of 2 trainers, putting no weight on the affected leg. And then he left the sideline on a cart. We'll watch for updates, but this looks bad. Joshua Kelley entered the game when Ekeler left. Justin Jackson also figures to see more playing time if/when Ekeler is out.

Chargers RB Joshua Kelley "might be having the best training camp of any player on the roster," The Athletic's Daniel Popper writes. HC Anthony Lynn likes what he's seen from the rookie, too. "I believe Joshua is having an outstanding camp," Lynn said. "I’ve thrown him in with the ones; he’s made plays. He’s in with the twos; he’s made plays. And he has shown a versatility. He can catch the ball out of the backfield well. He has shown that. So I’ve been pleased with his progress so far.” Popper notes that Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson still appear to be ahead of Kelley on the depth chart. But it sounds like he's pushing Jackson for snaps behind Ekeler. That'll be a situation to monitor early this season. For now, Kelley and Jackson are only worth rostering in deep fantasy leagues.

Chargers WR Mike Williams is considered week-to-week with a shoulder sprain suffered in Sunday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "At this point, his return to play timeline — and status for the opener -- is not yet determined," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like Williams is in some danger of missing Week 1. The Chargers are razor thin at WR behind Williams and Keenan Allen, with K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, Darius Jennings and a few others jockeying for position. Williams' absence would mean more targets for Allen, TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler.

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