What has been a disappointing season has come to a premature close for San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. In the midst of his best rushing performance of the season against the Miami Dolphins, Gordon went down in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return to the game.
Gordon finishes his season with 641 rushing yards and 192 receiving yards. Head Coach Mike McCoy told reporters Gordon tore cartilage in his knee. It’s expected Gordon will need surgery but should be fully recovered by the start of training camps next season.
San Diego traded up in the 2015 NFL Draft to get Gordon, one of the most prolific running backs in NCAA history. The All-World back struggled with his confidence, decision-making and ball security during the season. Operating out of the Pistol formation was an adjustment for Gordon, who played out of the traditional I-formation in college at Wisconsin. To date, Gordon holds the season record for most rushing attempts without a touchdown with 184.
On Monday the Chargers put Gordon on the Injured Reserve list, ending his season. In his own words, Gordon has already promised a better 2016. The rookie has plenty of his game film to evaluate, time to fully rehab and will probably have a new coaching staff to learn from as the Chargers season has spiraled downward.
No matter where the Bolts hang their helmets next season, expect a bigger and better ‘Flash’ in the backfield. Get well soon, Melvin.
The Greg One