Gordon (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Gordon looked perfectly healthy in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins, taking 34 touches (including nine catches) for 150 yards and two touchdowns while playing 89 percent of the offensive snaps. It's no surprise to see him a bit nicked up after handling that kind of workload, but his ability to get in a limited practice suggests he'll be available for Sunday's difficult matchup with the Broncos. The Denver defense limited Gordon to 54 yards on 18 carries in Week 1, but he made up for it (at least to fantasy owners) with five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown on six targets.
Gordon rushed 25 times for 83 yards and one touchdown while catching nine of 12 targets for 67 yards and another touchdown during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Raiders.
The Chargers' coaching staff was clearly paying attention when Gordon complained about his minimal usage at the beginning of October, as Gordon has now received 45 carries and 20 targets in his two games since. Perhaps it isn't a coincidence that Los Angeles -- a team that was winless through the season's first four games -- emerged victorious from each of these contests. After all, last season, this same team was 4-2 in games where Gordon saw 20-plus carries, but just 1-6 otherwise. There's certainly merit to the notion that Gordon will naturally see more carries in games the Chargers are leading and thus are more likely to win. However, Los Angeles management would be wise to continue leaning on the Wisconsin product as the centerpiece of its offensive attack moving forward.
Gordon rushed 20 times for 105 yards and brought in six of eight targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Giants.
After venting frustration with his abbreviated Week 4 role, Gordon remedied the matter in the best manner possible. The third-year tailback mustered single-game season highs in carries, yards per rush and receiving yards while also crossing the goal line on multiple occasions for the first time in 2017. Gordon's second touchdown, a 10-yard grab where he beat a linebacker to the right pylon with 2:58 remaining, gave the Chargers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. With his best performance of the season under his belt, Gordon will look to continue surging against the Raiders in a Week 6 road matchup.
Gordon admitted he was frustrated with his workload after Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Eagles, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. "I'm super frustrated at the moment, but I can't let it break me," Gordon said. "It all falls under the same thing. But obviously not getting the touches and not getting the win -- the win is the biggest thing. But then the fact that you feel like you can't even help, you're just kind of sitting back, it sucks because I just feel like I'm kind of helpless back there."
Gordon opened the season with three straight games of at least 16 touches, but he finished Sunday's loss with just 10 carries for 22 yards and one catch for seven yards. His snap share did jump back to 74 percent after sitting at 45 percent the previous week, suggesting that the bone bruise in his knee is no longer a major concern. The larger issue is that the Chargers have found themselves playing from behind in the second half each week, partially due to Gordon's inefficiency (3.1 yards per carry) on the ground. He made up for it with his strong work as a pass catcher Weeks 1 and 2, but he nonetheless finds himself in danger of losing more snaps to Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler if his efficiency on the ground doesn't improve. Week 5 brings a road matchup with a Giants defense that was excellent against the run last season but is allowing 4.6 yards per carry and 142.8 rushing yards per game in 2017.
Gordon carried the ball 10 times for 22 yards and caught another pass for seven yards in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Eagles.
As has been the case for the majority of the season, the Chargers fell behind early, forcing the team to abandon the run attempting just 13 rushes compared to 38 passes. That's no solace for fantasy owners, however, as Gordon has failed to live up to the high expectations thus far. Following Sunday's performance, Gordon is now averaging 3.3 yards-per-carry, the sixth-worst mark among running backs with 40-plus carries. However things should get a little bit easier next week against the Giants, as they've allowed a league-leading 460 rushing yards through the first four weeks of the season.
|8||10/29/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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