Following his return to the team earlier this week, Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon has officially been activated. The team has also promoted wide receiver Andre Patton from the practice squad. To make room for those additions, they have waived defensive end Chris Peace and cornerback Dontate Johnson. All four moves were announced via Twitter by the franchise’s official account:
We've activated Melvin Gordon, signed Andre Patton to our active roster, waived Chris Peace and released Dontae Johnson. pic.twitter.com/pM4nPbS5LG— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 28, 2019
The Gordon activation was a given, especially with news coming out this morning that the failed holdout would likely see playing time tomorrow against the Miami Dolphins. The current expectation is that he will fill the Justin Jackson role behind Austin Ekeler. This stands to reason since this will be his first live football action having sat out all of the preseason.
Patton’s addition to the roster is slightly more surprising though no less welcome. Thanks to Mike Williams’ continued poor health and that hilariously poor play of Travis Benjamin, the Chargers clearly needed more than just Dontrelle Inman. Hopefully, Patton who showed well in the preseason, can provide that spark on Sunday in Miami.
Chris Peace has to be a candidate to be re-signed to the practice squad, though time will tell.