Ballage (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Back-to-back limited practice sessions give Ballage a chance to return to action Sunday against the Patriots, but with Austin Ekeler now back in the mix and having reclaimed his role as the Chargers' top RB, Ballage's fantasy stock has taken a hit since he last suited up and logged 16 carries in Week 11.
Ballage (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
After pacing the Los Angeles backfield in touches for three straight games, Ballage sat out last week's loss to the Bills with the injury. Fortunately for the Chargers, top back Austin Ekeler was cleared to return from injured reserve ahead of the contest, and he immediately reclaimed a three-down role. Since he was limited in practice last week before sitting out against Buffalo, Ballage can't yet be considered a lock to return against the Patriots in Week 13. Even if he does gain clearance for the weekend, Ballage's fantasy value has already taken a major hit, as Ekeler will likely continue to lead the way in terms of both snaps and touches the rest of the way so long as he stays healthy.
Ballage (ankle/calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.
After his two injuries limited him in practice all week, Ballage was deemed a game-time call heading into Sunday. He ultimately wasn't able to convince the Los Angeles coaching and training staffs that he could play through the injuries, resulting in him being ruled out of the contest. Fortunately for the Chargers, they'll be getting top running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) back from a two-month absence Sunday, so Ballage looks like he'll be headed for a reserve role if he's able to get healthy in time for a Week 13 matchup with the Patriots.
Ballage (ankle/calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bills, is being treated as a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Adam Schefter of ESPN previously relayed Saturday that Ballage wasn't expected to play, but Rapoport's report paints the 24-year-old as more of a 50-50 call for the Week 12 contest. Even if he gains clearance prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Ballage looks set to fall into more of a change-of-pace role after handling 21 touches per game over the Chargers' last three contests. Los Angeles will return No. 1 back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) from an eight-week absence Sunday, and while he may not take on a true bell-cow role in his first game since Week 4, he's expected to pace the backfield in snaps and touches.
Ballage (ankle) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 24-year-old is officially considered questionable, but his status for Sunday's contest is apparently in doubt. Ballage has dominated the backfield work the past three games with 49 carries for 181 yards and 14 receptions for 76 yards, but his outlook for Week 12 is severely diminished due to the ankle injury and the return of Austin Ekeler (hamstring) from injured reserve. Ekeler was activated Saturday and should reclaim the lead role in the backfield, but the team may not immediately give him a full workload since he hasn't seen game action since Week 4. If Ballage is unavailable, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope are the remaining backfield options for the Chargers.
Ballage (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo.
Earlier this week, the Chargers opened Austin Ekeler's (hamstring) 21-day window to return from IR. They'll have to make a decision on Ekeler by Saturday afternoon, but the current starting running back, Ballage, is entering the weekend with a cloud hanging over his head. Assuming he suits up, Ballage may have to contend with Ekeler for reps, with Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope also potentially mixing into L.A.'s backfield.
Ballage (ankle/calf) was limited at practice Thursday.
That was also the case Wednesday, which sets the stage for Friday's final injury report of the week to clarify whether Ballage ends up listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, or minus a Week 12 injury designation.
Ballage was limited at practice Wednesday with ankle and calf injuries, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ballage's status for Sunday's game against the Bills must now be monitored, but on the plus side for the Chargers, Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was cleared to resume practicing Wednesday. Once Ekeler is activated from injured reserve, Ballage's fantasy value will take a hit, but that's not a lock to occur this week. In any case, if Ballage ends up unavailable or limited this weekend, added opportunities could be available for Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope.
Ballage carried 16 times for 44 yards and caught seven of nine targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 34-28 win over the Jets.
Despite his team leading for much of the day and having plenty of success in the passing game, Ballage averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. He finished second on the team in targets and receptions but did little with his touches in that phase of the game as well. Although the results were lackluster, Ballage now has at least 70 scrimmage yards in all three of his games with the Chargers and will be the team's main runner for as long as Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) is sidelined. The latter seemingly has a chance to return next Sunday against the Bills, but it remains to be seen how the touches are distributed if he does play.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Ballage will most likely serve as the Chargers' "primary back" heading into Sunday's game against the Jets, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Lynn also said that he wants to scheme more looks for Ballage, even though the third-yard back already saw an ample workload in last week's loss to the Dolphins, when he handled 23 touches and surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage. Though he currently sits atop the depth chart, Ballage's reign as the No. 1 back will likely only last as long as Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) remains on injured reserve. The Chargers are tentatively hoping that Ekeler can make it back from IR for a Week 12 game in Buffalo, but even if that's the case, Ballage could still see plenty of use in a complementary role.
Ballage carried the ball 18 times for 68 yards and also tallied five receptions for 34 yards in the 29-21 loss Sunday to the Dolphins.
That's now back-to-back weeks Ballage has acted as the feature back for the Chargers, and this time Week 8 leading rusher Troymaine Pope (neck) was active. At this point it's safe to assume Ballage has surpassed Joshua Kelley and Pope on the team's running-back hierarchy, and it's possible the former Dolphin could remain a part of the team's plans once Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns, which could be as soon as Week 12 against the Bills. In the immediate future, Ballage figures to be the prime back in another revenge game, this time against the Jets next Sunday.
The Chargers promoted Ballage to the active roster Saturday.
Ballage made his Chargers debut last week and immediately received an increased workload with Justin Jackson (knee) exiting early, and he took advantage of the opportunity, recording 84 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 17 touches. Jackson's now on IR, too, so Ballage, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope (neck) will round out the backfield committee for Sunday's game versus Miami. The Chargers likely will take a "hot hand" approach, so Ballage should have a chance to prove that last week wasn't a fluke.
Ballage will be elevated to the Chargers' active roster for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, per coach Anthony Lynn, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Ballage took on a leading role in his Chargers debut after Justin jackson hurt his knee early last week against Vegas, finishing with 84 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and two catches. While Jackson (knee) has been ruled out against Miami, the Chargers could get back Troymaine Pope (neck), who would provide additional competition for snaps at running back along with rookie Joshua Kelley. Kelley played more snaps than Ballage last week but failed to find much running room. Pope -- who is questionable -- will likely take on an important role if he plays, but Ballage could end up grabbing the majority of the work over Kelley if Los Angeles' backfield comes down to just the practice squad call-up and the struggling rookie again.
Ballage reverted to the Chargers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Ballage was elevated to Los Angeles' active roster Saturday, ultimately accumulating 84 scrimmage yards, two receptions and one touchdown against the Raiders as Justin Jackson (knee) exited the game in the first quarter due to a knee injury. With 4.6 yards per carry in his Chargers debut and a workload of 15 rush attempts, it's hard to imagine Ballage not getting another chance with the active roster. If Troymaine Pope (concussion) remains inactive for a second straight game when the Chargers travel to Miami next Sunday, Ballage would surely be in line for another audition.
Ballage carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also securing two of his three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders.
Ballage was elevated from the practice squad Saturday and yet somehow led the team in rushing. Part of that was due to injuries as Troymaine Pope (concussion) was ultimately ruled inactive before the game and Justin Jackson (knee) was banged up early in the first quarter. It's clear the Chargers have essentially reduced Joshua Kelley to a part-time capacity, but it's unclear how the backfield would shake out if the likes of Ballage, Pope and Jackson were all healthy. Austin Ekeler (hamstring) still remains the obvious starter once he's able to return, although it's presently unclear when he might be eventually activated off injured reserve.
The Chargers elevated Ballage to the active roster Saturday.
Ballage has served on the Chargers' practice squad for nearly a month, and he'll finally be activated because Troymaine Pope (concussion) is considered doubtful. Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley are expected to handle a bulk of the backfield reps, but considering Pope logged a 29 percent snap share and 15 touches last week, there's likely some work available for Ballage.
Ballage signed to the Chargers' practice squad Friday.
The 24-year-old was cut by the Jets at the start of the week after an ugly showing in Week 4, but he'll now make his way to the Chargers. Ballage has a legitimate chance of being promoted at some point since Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is on injured reserve and Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson are the only remaining running backs on the roster.
The Jets cut Ballage on Monday.
Ballage made a handful of costly mistakes during last Thursday's loss to the Broncos, including a badly missed blocking assignment in the first half and a poor decision to stop ahead of the first-down marker just before the two-minute warning. His departure also is a likely hint that Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) could be activated off IR for Week 5.
Ballage didn't record a carry and caught two of three targets for 11 yards in Thursday's 37-28 loss to the Broncos.
Coach Adam Gase views Ballage as New York's best pass-catching option out of the backfield even though Ballage hasn't done much to earn that trust. He completely whiffed on his blocking assignment in pass protection in the first quarter but was bailed out when Sam Darnold broke out of a would-be sack and took off for a spectacular 46-yard rushing touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Ballage had just one man to beat for a first down with the Jets driving for a go-ahead field goal just before the two-minute warning, but he opted to trot out of bounds three yards before the marker, and the Jets went on to turn the ball over on downs. Despite those errors, Ballage will likely continue to see the field in passing situations as long as Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Ballage rushed for eight yards on two carries and caught all five of his targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Colts.
With the Jets playing from behind most of the game, Ballage saw extra work as a receiving option for Sam Darnold and ended up leading the Jets in receptions while tying Chris Hogan in targets. With Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) not eligible to come off IR until Week 5, Ballage could continue to be the team's top passing-down back, although that role isn't likely to lead to consistent production in one of the NFL's weakest offenses.
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