The Los Angeles Chargers are hopeful their leading running back can return from a scary knee injury sooner than later. After Melvin Gordon went down in Week 12, there was an obvious concern for his outlook moving forward. The injury proved to be an MCL sprain, which is far better than what it originally seemed.
With Gordon missing Week 13, the Chargers were still able to pull out a crucial win over the Pittsburgh Steelers which may have major playoff implications. And while his outlook moving forward is improving, there’s a very real chance he may be out again for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gordon, who’s totaled 1,255 rushing and receiving yards, along with 13 touchdowns, is averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per carry this season. Although the Chargers sit at 9-3 and in a great position to make the postseason, having their lead back for the homestretch will be crucial. Let’s take a look at the latest on his status moving forward and the latest updates.
Gordon Misses Practice, Chargers Coach Provides Optimism
While Gordon was a no-go at Wednesday’s practice, it wasn’t all bad news. Gordon’s outlook for Week 14 and beyond comes down to his own rehab and healing, but Chargers coach Anthony Lynn gave an update of sorts on Thursday. As NFL.com’s Kevin Patra revealed, Lynn joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football and called the running back’s return “possible.”
“It’s possible. You never know. You never know,” he said when asked if Gordon would play Sunday. “You just want everybody preparing for everybody.”
Even if Gordon proves unable to play against the Bengals, the fact that he’s close enough to have a chance is a big deal. Knee injuries can linger over multiple weeks, and while the Chargers obviously want their lead back on the field sooner than later, they also shouldn’t rush him back.
Source: Heavy Sports