Chargers’ Melvin Gordon could play vs. Dolphins, coach Anthony Lynn says

first_imgThe Chargers ruled out running back Justin Jackson for Week 4 because of a calf strain, leaving only two active running backs (Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope). This injury opened up the door for Gordon to be thrown back into the fire after being away from the team for 64 days, and he’s ready to be a contributor as soon as possible. “I’m good, man,” Gordon said. “I didn’t really get to gauge myself like I wanted to, but like I said, if they call my number (I’m ready). I’ve been grinding. It’s not like I’ve been sitting around and I’m coming in overweight or anything like that. But it’s not like I get a preseason game to get warmed up. You kind of get in and get right in the fire.”Gordon, 26, averaged 5.1 yards per carry as he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while adding 490 receiving yards for four touchdowns.The Chargers (1-2) will face the Dolphins (0-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Melvin Gordon might be making his 2019 debut earlier than expected.A report earlier this week said the Chargers running back likely wouldn’t play Sunday after he ended his contract holdout and returned to the team, but now he has been added to the NFL’s two-game exempt list, which makes him eligible to play this weekend. Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn praised Gordon’s good shape at practice Friday but remains cautious about using him in a game too early.”We understand that Melvin’s been back for a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how much he plays and even if he plays at all,” Lynn told reporters. Related News Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB questionable vs. Chiefslast_img

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