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Chargers Star RB Austin Ekeler Lands On COVID List

COSTA MESA (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Chargers may be missing one of their biggest weapons when they face the Houston Texans Sunday.

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 16: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs during a 34-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium on December 16, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Chargers on Wednesday added star running back Austin Ekeler and receiver Jalen Guyton to the COVID-19 reserve list, increasing the list to 11 players.

Coach Brandon Staley described Ekeler, Guyton and backup quarterback Chase Daniel and defensive lineman Joe Gaziano, who were added to the list Tuesday, as "day-to-day."

Star pass rusher Joey Bosa and cornerback Kemon Hall are the only players on the list "that are out, as of right now" for Sunday's game at Houston, Staley said.

Ekeler leads the Chargers with 789 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He was selected as a second alternate for the Pro Bowl, the league announced Wednesday.

Two other players who have started at least half of the Chargers' 14 games in 2021 are also on the COVID-19 reserve list -- center Corey Linsley, who has started all 14 and was chosen to start in the Pro Bowl, and cornerback Tevaughn Campbell, who has started seven, including each of the last four.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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