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Keenan Allen ruled out with hamstring injury for Week 4 vs. Texans

We break down the news that Keenan Allen is looking to get back from his hamstring injury this week. What it means for Week 4 and beyond.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) is tackled by /Las Vegas Raiders safety Tre’von Moehrig (25) in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Friday late update: Allen has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Josh Palmer all have fantasy appeal in this matchup.

Friday update: Keenan Allen was not seen at practice on Friday, per Jeff Miller. After leaving Thursday’s practice early, this appears to be a true downgrade. We should expect him to not play this week.

Thursday update: Allen was at practice but left with a trainer, per Jeff Miller. We’ll await his official status for the Thursday practice session.

Wednesday update: The Chargers completed their first practice of the week on Wednesday and Keenan Allen was listed as limited. Last week, he got in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday but then had a setback and was downgraded to DNP on Friday before being inactive on Sunday. This will be something to watch.

The Los Angeles Chargers could be getting a critical weapon back for their offense in Week 4. Head coach Brandon Staley told the media on Monday that wide receiver Keenan Allen is expected to return to practice this week, according to Jeff Miller of the LA Times.

Allen has missed two straight games due to a hamstring injury. He got in limited work last Wednesday and Thursday, but was a DNP and Friday and was inactive on Sunday against the Jaguars. The Chargers will return to practice on Wednesday for their Sunday matchup against the Houston Texans. They’ll submit their first formal injury report that afternoon.

Fantasy football implications

The passing game has been fairly solid in Allen’s absence, but he represents a sizable upgrade to the group. The biggest impact would be on the likes of Joshua Palmer and DeAndre Carter. They’ve had solid performances the past two weeks, as has tight end Gerald Everett, and all three would likely take a hit in targets with Allen returning.