First of all, an update on the Melvin Gordon injury. Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon suffered a knee injury during the team’s win over the Arizona Cardinals in their last game. Gordon, who did not return to the game, was diagnosed with an MCL injury to his right knee after being evaluated in the locker room. In the latest Melvin Gordon injury update the team said they will announce the extent of the injury after Gordon is evaluated on Monday.
If Gordon only misses a few games, the Chargers should still be in good shape to make the playoffs. If the injury is serious and he is done for the season, they will have a hard time making a deep playoff run without one of their best offensive weapons.
Also, after the game, head coach Anthony Lynn said the play on which the injury occurred was a routine play they run a lot in practice.
“That’s a play that we’ve had in for a long time,” Lynn said. “We’ve been trying to get it called in a game. Melvin loves the play, and we were not taking our foot off the gas pedal.
“It’s a play if he gets around the perimeter, he may still be running. But they made a heck of a play and hit us in the backfield.”
Therefore, Gordon has been very productive for the Chargers this season. He has 802 rushing yards, 453 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns this season.
If Gordon can’t play, Austin Ekeler will start in his place. Ekeler has 409 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also has 354 receiving yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers.
“I prepare every week like I’m going to be starting,” Ekeler said. “If I’m getting more reps, then that’s what it is. I have to pick up the slack for Melvin.
“Those are big shoes to fill. Melvin and I are different running backs. He’s a beast, so I have to step up my game.”