Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA;  Carolina Panthers cornerback Rasul Douglas (24) and Carolina Panthers cornerback Corn Elder (29) tackle Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers put RB Ekeler (hamstring) on injured reserve

The Los Angeles Chargers placed running back Austin Ekeler on injured reserve, the team announced Friday.

While the move officially will sideline Ekeler for at least the next three weeks with the hamstring injury, multiple media outlets reported that the running back is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Joshua Kelley, who has a team-high 52 carries this season for 174 yards, will see an increase in workload on Monday when the Chargers (1-3) visit the New Orleans Saints (2-2).

Los Angeles promoted wide receiver Tyron Johnson to their active roster on Friday and signed running back Kalen Ballage to the practice squad.

Ekeler, 25, sustained his hamstring injury in the Chargers’ 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Ekeler signed a four-year, $24.5 million extension with Los Angeles in the offseason. He leads the team with 248 yards rushing, while his 17 catches for 144 yards rank third.

Ekeler burst onto the scene last season with 1,550 yards from scrimmage (including 993 receiving on 92 catches) and 11 touchdowns. He has 23 career touchdowns — nine on the ground and 14 receiving.

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