Melvin Gordon Injury Updates

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Thursday or Friday after not being on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Allen appears to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his availability throughout the weekend and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Allen's absence would leave Mike Williams as Los Angeles' clear #1 WR and would also likely push more targets toward TE Hunter Henry and RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears there's a "good chance" Chargers RB Melvin Gordon plays against the Dolphins on Sunday. This has quickly gone from "not playing" to "maybe playing" to "probably playing." Rapoport confirms that RB Justin Jackson's calf injury is the reason for the Chargers' change of plans. Gordon is "not quite ready yet to be the bell cow ... but certainly is ready physically, from what I understand, to come in and get some carries," Rapoport says. We'd be surprised if Gordon got more than 5-8 touches this weekend after just reporting to the team on Thursday. It leaves him as just a fantasy flier. RB Austin Ekeler remains a high-end RB1 for 1 more week.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Melvin Gordon could play a "limited role" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Lynn had previously said that Gordon wouldn't play, so this seems to be a reaction to RB Justin Jackson's calf injury. Gordon just reported on Thursday, and it wouldn't make much sense to throw him out there in a game the Chargers can win without him. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Gordon shouldn't be in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy play.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout "is now expected to be prolonged" and "threatens" to run into the regular season. The 2 sides exchanged offers this week, but "talks are not in a good spot," per Schefter. It always seemed like Gordon's holdout would last a while. We'd still bet on him reporting before Week 1, but there's certainly a chance he misses games. And even if he shows up before the start of the season, the missed time in August would make him an increased injury risk early in the season. We just dropped Gordon down the RB rankings again.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Both Gordon and HC Anthony Lynn have admitted that the RB isn't quite at 100%. That, plus the tough matchup, makes Gordon more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16. RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is doubtful, so Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was placed in the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on Monday afternoon. He's also dealing with that neck injury and looks extremely unlikely to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night. The question now becomes whether RB Melvin Gordon can return from his knee injury for that one. If not, rookie Justin Jackson will operate as the Chargers' feature back.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler aggravated a neck issue Sunday and appears in doubt for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ekeler will need further testing on the area, which had experienced "stingers" in recent weeks. The short turnaround for Week 15 obviously makes things more difficult. The Chargers might get Melvin Gordon back from his knee injury for that game. If not, they'd have to turn to rookie Justin Jackson as the backfield starter. Jackson hit Sunday still available in 57% of ESPN leagues.

The Chargers have downgraded RB Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury. The 9:30 a.m. ET start means we’ll have to check Gordon’s status at 8 a.m. If he’s out, Austin Ekeler would obviously get a big fantasy boost.

The Chargers listed RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) as limited in Thursday's practice. The media didn't see him doing much during the open portion of practice. But it looks like he's serious about playing through his ankle injury this weekend. We'll get another update on Gordon's progress tomorrow.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The foot injury is new, but Gordon practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. He’ll be out there for a plus matchup vs. the Pats.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs. He was added to the injury report mid-week and limited on Thursday and Friday. HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that he expects Gordon to play. Go ahead and keep him penciled into fantasy lineups.We’ll let you know if anything changes.

The knee injury that ended Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's season in Week 14 was a sprained PCL, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Gordon also suffered a hip injury that we still don't know much about. He was in attendance for Pro Bowl practices this past week, though. He didn't play in the game, but the fact that he was on the practice field means he should be a full-go for the offseason program. Gordon enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign, ranking 4th among RBs in PPR points through his 13 healthy weeks. He'll return as the Chargers' lead back in 2017, although his fantasy value will be impacted by whether free-agent RB Danny Woodhead is re-signed.

Chargers HC Mike McCoy said Monday that RB Melvin Gordon is also dealing with a sprained knee, in addition to the previously reported sprained hip. "He'll be day to day, and we'll take it from there," McCoy added. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's source labeled Gordon "week to week," which seems more accurate considering he's dealing with 2 injuries and had to be carted off the field yesterday. We'll track Gordon's status, but fantasy owners can't be counting on him playing this Sunday.

The early belief is that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip) has avoided a serious injury. "He's ok," a source told insider Michael Gehlken. Whether Gordon will play again this season remains unclear. He's schedule for an MRI on Monday. San Diego is about to fall to 5-8, so they have no reason to rush Gordon back. RB Kenneth Farrow will be worth adding in most fantasy leagues this week.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was carted off the field during the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Panthers. He appeared to injure his left leg or knee while attempting to recover a Philip Rivers fumble. We'll pass along an update when we get one, but it obviously looks like he's done for the day. Kenneth Farrow is next up in San Diego's backfield.

Update: The Chargers announced Gordon with a hip injury.

The Chargers have signed RB Dexter McCluster. A pure pass-catching back, he'll try to help fill in the void left by Danny Woodhead's season-ending knee injury. McCluster won't have nearly as big a ball-carrying role as Woodhead, who had 16 rushes in the opener. But he could see nearly as much of the passing-down work. He's worth adding in deeper PPR leagues. McCluster's arrival dings Melvin Gordon's upside, but he'll still dominate the carries the rest of the way.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are "pretty certain" RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The team is still waiting for the MRI results, but reports of ACL injuries almost always turn out to be true. The injury would end Woodhead's season and cloud his football future. He turns 32 in January. It'd also leave Melvin Gordon as San Diego's 3-down back. He's off to a nice start this year, averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 3 TDs. Andre Williams and Kenneth Farrow sit behind Gordon on the depth chart but aren't worth rostering in fantasy football.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Woodhead has a torn ACL. His 2016 season is over.


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