Chargers' Austin Ekeler feels healthy, but his left leg still isn't right

By Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES — The Chargers, as with nearly every football team, typically seek a balanced offensive attack.

For running back Austin Ekeler, the notion of being balanced Sunday against New England is particularly real.

"My right leg is on point," he explained Friday. "My left leg ... a little disconnect with my brain."

Ekeler is set to play his second game after recovering from a significant hamstring injury that cost him seven weeks. He pronounced himself fully healthy and said he is "100 percent confident" in the hamstring he tore in a Week 4 loss at Tampa Bay.

But Ekeler indicated he won't feel completely himself until his left leg catches up to his right leg. He returned last weekend against Buffalo, carrying 14 times for 44 yards and catching 11 passes for 85 yards in the 27-17 road loss.

"There were a couple times when I felt I was just off balance a little bit," Ekeler said. "I'm sure that will come back. I'm totally healed now."


The 25 touches against the Bills were a game-high on a day when Ekeler played a career-high 60 snaps.

Coach Anthony Lynn later admitted the Chargers relied too much on their No. 1 running back in his return from a soft-tissue injury.

The Patriots have allowed more than 27 points just once in nine games, but their defense ranks 21st against the run. Ekeler said their scheme suggests the Chargers will be able to move the ball on the ground.

"It fits well with my play style because I'm good at setting people (up) and then just one cut and running the other way," he said. "I'm really looking forward to running the ball this game."


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