The Chargers came away with the win yesterday, but at what cost? Star RB Melvin Gordon III went down with a knee injury on a trick play in the 3rd Quarter of Sunday’s game. He was receiving a pitch from fellow RB Austin Ekeler when Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was being blocked to the ground and his legs hit MG3 in the knee from the side.
Gordon hit the ground and was instantly grimacing in pain. He was helped to the sideline and his knee was tested by team staff. Gordon was immediately visually depressed at whatever the docs told him.
Melvin Gordon visibly anguished after the trainers gave him the stability test on the table. awful.— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) November 25, 2018
A few minutes later he was shown limping to the locker room with a towel completely covering his head.
The team didn’t wait for Monday to come around to get further testing done.
#Chargers star RB Melvin Gordon was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in yesterday’s blowout win, sources say. He had his MRI last night. Gordon is out the next few weeks, but should be back before the end of the regular season if all goes well.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2018
The news is undoubtably awful, especially with Gordon having a career year and really finding his groove as a RB in this offense. However, the fact that he will likely be back before the end of the regular season, and definitely for the playoffs, is very encouraging.
With star DE Joey Bosa back in the lineup, the defense should get a much needed boost and take the pressure off of the offense which will help minimize the loss of Gordon. Hopefully Philip Rivers can continue to sling the ball at an epic level like he did on Sunday as well.
UPDATE: Now it’s official. Week to week evaluation on Gordon’s knee.
INJURY UPDATE:— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 26, 2018
Results of an MRI on Melvin Gordon’s right knee confirmed the initial diagnosis of a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain.
His status will be evaluated week-to-week.