Oct 7, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) catches a pass during warm ups next to wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) before their game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Availability in question for Chargers WRs Allen, Williams

The Los Angeles Chargers have several unanswered questions entering Thursday night’s road game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

ESPN reported that Keenan Allen (hamstring) likely will be limited if he plays at all, while fellow wide receiver Mike Williams (back) is not expected to compete.

While the Chargers (4-9) may be without two of rookie Justin Herbert’s top targets, multiple media outlets reported that running back Austin Ekeler (quad) is expected to be in the lineup against the Raiders (7-6).

Allen is second in the NFL with 99 catches. His 975 receiving yards and eight touchdowns lead the team.

Williams, who has 36 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns, joined Allen in being limited participants in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ekeler leads the Chargers with 407 yards rushing despite playing in just seven games this season. He also has proven to be a capable outlet with 41 catches for 328 yards.

Should Allen and Williams sit out, Herbert will need to rely on tight end Hunter Henry and wideout Jalen Guyton, among others. Kalen Ballage will be looked upon to lead the backfield should Ekeler sit out.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) carries the ball after a catch during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers sign WR Allen to $80M extension

The Los Angeles Chargers and Keenan Allen agreed to a four-year, contract extension worth more than $80 million that will make him the NFL’s second-highest paid wide receiver, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

Allen’s agent, Joby Branion, confirmed the contract on Twitter but did not reveal the terms.

“Super juiced about this,” Allen posted on Twitter. “CHARGER FANS WE LOCKED IN FOR ANOTHER ROUND, FOREVER A CHARGER!”

Amari Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys in March.

The Chargers selected Allen, now 28, in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his seven seasons with the franchise, he has played in 86 games (82 starts), with 524 catches for 6,405 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was limited to eight games in 2015 because of a kidney injury, and in 2016 he tore his right ACL in Week 1 and missed the rest of the season.

He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2017, when he made the first of his three consecutive Pro Bowl teams. He has caught six touchdown passes each of the past three seasons. In 2019, he caught 104 passes for 1,199 yards.

He is scheduled to make $10.75 million in 2020, the final year of a four-year, $45 million extension he signed in 2016.

The Allen contract continues the Chargers’ spending spree. In July, they signed defensive end Joey Bosa to a five-year, $135 million deal that included $102 million in guaranteed money.

–Field Level Media