Another start on tap
Kelley is in line to lead the Chargers backfield Sunday in Minnesota with Austin Ekeler (ankle) ruled out for the contest.
Kelley handled 54 of 68 offensive snaps (79 percent) in place of Ekeler this past Sunday at Tennessee, while reserves Elijah Dotson (13 percent) and Isaiah Spiller (six percent) didn't get much more than scraps. Still, Kelley didn't make much headway against a tough Titans defensive front, taking 13 carries for 39 yards and failing to reel in his only target. In the end, he should have an easier time this Sunday versus a Vikings defense that has given up the seventh-most YPC (4.8) to opposing running backs through two games this season.
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Though Ekeler remains in line to start, Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller are also expected to see work in the Chargers' backfield Sunday against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Palmer (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Ekeler may be at risk of losing out on some snaps and touches out of the backfield after Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that "competition for carries is going to be something that you can see happening," Kris Rhim of ESPN.com reports. "We're going to keep exploring, making adjustments, so that we can find that rhythm that I've been talking about," Staley said. "We know that Austin is a good running back. We just haven't found any rhythm in the last couple of weeks in the run game. Just need to keep after it and keep working hard in practice."
Coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that Kelley could see increased opportunities out of the Chargers' backfield, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Palmer (knee) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice.
The Chargers designated Palmer (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Everett snared four of his five targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.
Johnston caught five of his seven targets for 52 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Allen caught five of his nine targets for 58 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 18 yards and caught two of his three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.