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Austin Ekeler details painful experience of hamstring tear amid looming return

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is already nearing his return back to the gridiron, via Shelley Smith of ESPN. The RB suffered a gruesome hamstring tear in a Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former undrafted player recently spoke on his experience after sustaining the said injury:

“It was definitely the most pain I’ve ever felt,” he said.

Ekeler also detailed how it happened during the game:

“and I basically pushed them down and as I pushed them down I jumped back.” With his leg fully extended during the said play, he eventually went on to tear his hamstring afterward.

The Chargers rusher also mentioned that he couldn’t get up on his own feet due to the nagging pain that he immediately felt after the incident. Although the team’s trainers tried to help him up, he insisted and told them he had to lay down “because I was about to pass out.”

“I couldn’t bring my leg in front of my left hip,” he said. “I could only go backwards. So I’d just be inching along backwards. It was three weeks before I could get some forward motion in my leg.”

With the tedious and painful process of rehabbing now behind him, Ekeler is ready to go back on the field  for the Chargers sometime in the near future. Though his status in Week 12 remains to be seen.

“I’m so excited to put my helmet on,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “I might be a little rusty. I want to say I’m going to go out and kill it, but that’s not how it works.”

The Chargers are fresh off a confidence-boosting victory against the lowly New York Jets via a 24-28 outcome en route to improving to a 3-7 record. Despite the win, the Bolts still lacked significant contribution in their ground game as they heavily relied on their aerial attack to scour for points in the encounter.

They would be needing Ekeler’s productivity in the backfield if he will already be cleared to return as the Chargers are heading to face a tough assignment in their upcoming tilt against the Buffalo Bills.