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Austin Ekeler could have returned in Week 14 despite ankle injury, per HC Brandon Saley

Austin Ekeler suffered an ankle injury in Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season. Here are the latest updates.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs the ball against the New York Giants during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Post-game update: Head coach Brandon Staley said that Ekeler is fine and could have returned to the game, per Gilbert Manzano. That’s very good news for the Chargers, as they have a quick turnaround for a Thursday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Update: Austin Ekeler didn’t return after getting his ankle re-taped and is considered questionable to return. At this point it seems he’s closer to doubtful than questionable to return.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was injured in the third quarter, and was able to gingerly walk off to the sideline and into the medical tent. He could be seen getting his ankle re-taped after coming out of the tent. We’ll see if he can return. Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley will handle the running back job while he is out.

Before leaving, Ekeler already had 12 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, with two receptions for 17 yards.