By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The holdout has ended for running back Melvin Gordon. He is expected to return to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Gordon has been holdout, because he is not happy about his contract. While he is reporting to the team in Week 4, the back is not expected to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
In addition, there is a good chance that he also misses the Week 5 game, as he gets up to speed with the offense. The Chargers face conference rival, the Denver Broncos, on Oct. 6.
So far this season without Gordon, Austin Ekeler led the team with 38 carries with 160 yards in three starts. He also has two touchdowns.
The 26-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin native is in the final year of his rookie contract. He is slated to make $4.6 million, but since he missed the first month of the season, it’s obviously, he’s going to make less.
He was the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gordon has spent the last four seasons with the Chargers franchise.
During the 2018 season, he appeared in 12 games, including 12 starts. He had 175 carries for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gordon also had 50 receptions for 490 yards and four touchdowns.
Gordon has only had one season in his career, where he has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his career thus far. That came during the 2017 season when he started all 16 games and had a career-best 284 carries on 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns.
In his career, he has appeared in 55 games, including 52 starts. He has 897 carries for 3,628 yards and 28 touchdowns. Gordon also has 182 receptions for 1,577 yards and 10 touchdowns.