Friday update: Justin Jackson has been ruled out for Week 10, per Adam Schefter. Kalen Ballage, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope will split work. Pope is questionable with a concussion, but did practice in full on Friday. He has a chance to lead the backfield if he plays.
Wednesday PM update: Jackson was a DNP in practice on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson was extremely limited in his team’s Week 9 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders because of a knee injury and his status for Week 10 is up in the air. Anthony Lynn is leaning toward resting Jackson in practice this week ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper.
If Jackson is ruled out for Week 10 the backfield work will likely be split between Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage. Kelley has faded in recent weeks after kicking off the year as a frequently used option behind Austin Ekeler. Jackson unexpectedly emerged as the best replacement for Ekeler in Week 5, which reduced Kelley’s exposure significantly. Kelley has notched only notched more than 30 rushing yards in a game once since Week 4 and hasn’t tallied at least 10 carries in two weeks.
Ballage only recorded three carries as a New York Jet before joining the Chargers and kicked off his Los Angeles stint by rushing for 69 yards and a score on 15 carries. He also caught two passes for 15 yards. If he’s able to get rolling early on Sunday he could get more touches than Kelley again. The Ballage revenge game narrative will be present on Sunday, as he was originally drafted by the Dolphins in 2018 before being released ahead of the 2020 season.