Melvin Gordon, the Los Angeles Chargers’ star running back, is finally going to end his absurd and ill-advised holdout and report back to the team on Thursday, September 26. This is according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport via Twitter:
Sources: The holdout is ending. #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is, in fact, reporting to the team tomorrow. He won’t play this week, but he is planning to be back in the fold with his teammates.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2019
His return will not be in time for him to be active on Sunday in Miami when the Chargers take on the tanking Dolphins. While Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson have filled in more than ably in his absence, Gordon’s presence will certainly still be very welcome when he does get back on the field for week 5. No matter what you think of Gordon, he is obviously an improvement over Troymaine Pope whose roster spot he is likely going to claim.
It will be interesting to see if the team chooses to ease Gordon back in with a pitch count of sorts or if he will be full go once he is suited back up. It will also be of interest to see if Ekeler and Jackson continue to see a larger workload than last season since their performance thus far as clearly warranted it.
For now, this is purely good new for a team and fan base that was in dire need of some good news.