Video: Chargers RB Austin Ekeler scores first TD of NFL’s 2021 opening Sunday after injury scare
The moment all football fans waited for during the summer finally arrived: NFL Sundays are back! With nine games starting at 1 p.m. ET, the first touchdown scored was the work of Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler. His Chargers are currently playing against the Washington Football Team, Ekeler converted on a 3-yard run to become the first player Sunday to reach the end zone.
Here’s the play:
Austin Ekeler with the first TD of the opening NFL Sunday 💪
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 12, 2021
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As it was reported previously, Ekeler had some injury woes before the game. A recent hamstring injury almost kept him from playing in the contest, but it was only a precaution by the Chargers, who needed their running back for a good start to the season. In the end, he got the start and got his team over the line and gave us the first touchdown of the first 2021 NFL Sunday.
The Chargers are looking to have a good start and continue their form from the end of last season when they won four straight and finished with a 7-9 record. If Ekeler can continue to play well, they will be on a good path with Justin Herbert under center and Brandon Staley as the new head coach.