Chargers running back Melvin Gordon says he’ll suit up Sunday when Los Angeles hosts the Oakland Raiders in the 2017 season finale.
Melvin Gordon was one of the bright spots in a not-so-good game against the New York Jets on Christmas Eve. He carried the Chargers to a 14-7 win, finishing with 81 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also added three receptions for 47 yards.
But when the Chargers were running out the clock late in the fourth quarter, Gordon hobbled off the field. He was later seen in a walking boot after being diagnosed with an ankle injury.
Luckily, it appears as if Gordon’s injury is not too serious. Gordon stated that he’ll be good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Raiders, per ESPN’s Eric D. Williams.
This is a must-win game for the Chargers–and the Chargers need one of their best offensive players on the field. Gordon practiced on a limited basis Thursday, which is a step in the right direction, but he’ll likely be listed as questionable heading into the game. If he sits, Branden Oliver will get the start. Oliver has been a healthy scratch for most of the season due to the rise of undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler. Oliver only has 90 total yards from scrimmage (70 rushing, 20 receiving) in seven games played. Meanwhile, Ekeler is dealing with a broken hand.
Hopefully, there won’t be any setbacks should Gordon play. If the Chargers do clinch a playoff berth, they’re going to need the former first-round pick on the field in order to make a deep run.