Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
2 days ago

Gordon rushed nine times for 15 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 41-28 Divisional Round loss to New England.

EDGE Analysis

While Gordon didn't have an injury designation heading into this contest, it's fair to wonder whether the perpetually banged-up running back was truly healthy considering he's battled recent injuries in both knees. The Chargers were forced to largely abandon the run after facing a 35-7 halftime deficit, but Gordon managed to find the end zone from one yard out late in the third quarter. Los Angeles picked up the fifth-year option on Gordon's rookie contract prior to this season, so he'll be back with the team for the 2019 campaign before potentially hitting free agency.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
5 days ago

Gordon (knee) practiced in full Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's divisional-round game at New England, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon picked up a minor injury to his left knee during the Chargers' wild-card win in Baltimore but built up his practice reps from none Wednesday to all of them Friday, clearing him to suit up for this weekend's showdown. Considering he's been banged-up for a good portion of the season, he likely is in line for a similar workload from the past three games -- 15.3 touches per game -- while working in a timeshare with Austin Ekeler.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
5 days ago

Gordon (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to the field Thursday puts him on the right track in advance of Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots. We'll circle back Friday to see if the Chargers list their top running back as questionable for the contest or remove Gordon altogether from the team's final injury report of the week.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
6 days ago

Gordon (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After churning out 43 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 18 touches in the Chargers' wild-card win at Baltimore, Gordon was diagnosed with a "little knee sprain," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. There isn't much worry about Gordon's availability for Sunday's visit to New England, but he'll take a seat to kick off this week of prep, more as a rest day than anything, per Lynn. The Chargers again seem poised to split backfield work between the banged-up Gordon and Austin Ekeler, who himself earned 15 touches this past weekend.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
1 week ago

Gordon is dealing with a minor left knee sprain but isn't believed to be at any risk of missing Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The injury resulted in Gordon's brief departure from the Chargers' wild-card win over the Ravens this past weekend, but the running back was cleared to return to the contest and finished the day with 43 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 18 touches (17 carries, one reception). There's a decent likelihood that Gordon could be listed as a limited or non-participant Wednesday when the Chargers release their first practice report of the week, but the early expectation is that he'll avoid a designation heading into Sunday.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
1 week ago

Gordon rushed 17 times for 40 yards and a touchdown and secured his only target for three yards in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Unsurprisingly, Gordon found running room to be at a premium throughout the afternoon, but he was able to squirt through a lane on a play that would prove to be the difference in the game. The star running back battled back from a left knee injury that forced his exit from the contest at one point, and he crossed the goal line on 4th down from one yard out early in the fourth quarter to extend the Chargers' lead to 20-3 at the time, pending Michael Badgley's extra point. A play earlier, Gordon had originally been ruled as having broken the plane before the ground caused him to lose control of the ball, but that call was ultimately reversed on replay review. Assuming no further setbacks with his knee, Gordon should naturally play a pivotal role versus the Patriots in next Sunday's divisional playoff clash.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
1 week ago

Gordon, who was forced out of Sunday's wild-card game against the Ravens with a left knee injury, was able to return to the contest.

EDGE Analysis

Great news for the Chargers, who held a 6-0 lead in the contest upon Gordon's return to action in the second quarter. Austin Ekeler remains on hand to spell Gordon and work in a complementary role out of the Chargers' backfield Sunday.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
1 week ago

Gordon was forced out of Sunday's wild-card game against the Ravens with a knee injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After hurting his knee, Gordon headed to the locker room to be evaluated. Prior to his exit from the game, the running back ran three times for eight yards. Next up for the Chargers' carries in Gordon's absence is Austin Ekeler.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
2 weeks ago

Gordon (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Considering the lack of limitations with his workload, Gordon isn't worse for wear as a result of the ankle injury that forced an early exit from the Chargers' season-closing win at Denver. Assuming he avoids any setbacks in the coming days, he'll prepare in earnest for a rematch Sunday with the Ravens, who contained him to 54 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 15 touches Week 16. Gordon may experience a healthy bump in reps if his backup Austin Ekeler is at all hindered by a groin issue this weekend.

Melvin Gordon
RB LAC (8)
2 weeks ago

Gordon, who suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-9 win over the Broncos, is expected to play in the Chargers' wild-card matchup with the Ravens during the upcoming weekend, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Schefter's report essentially supports what Gordon had to say about the injury after the Week 17 victory. The running back indicated that he merely "tweaked" the ankle and suggested he could have returned to the contest if needed, but Los Angeles elected to keep him on the sideline as a precaution. It's likely that Gordon will receive some extra maintenance in practices over the next few days, but once the weekend arrives, he should be ready to fill his usual high-volume role out of the backfield in what will mark his postseason debut.