COSTA MESA – Melvin Gordon won’t be available Sunday for the Chargers’ Week 14 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at the StubHub Center.
Gordon was officially ruled out Friday by the team. The fourth-year running back didn’t practice this week because of an MCL sprain and will miss his second consecutive game.
“We didn’t feel like he was ready this week,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He did some things, he looked better. But we’re going to keep him out.”
Lynn said Gordon did more than just run in one direction during Friday’s practice.
“We looked at him, he did some change of direction stuff today on the side,” Lynn said. “He’s improving, getting better. I’m really encouraged.”
The Chargers could be playing it safe this week with Gordon, as the Thursday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs looms.
Lynn didn’t rule out the possibility of Gordon playing next week against the AFC West rival.
“He’s going to work through the weekend, his conditioning will be right,” Lynn said. “If he’s able to play, if he’s healthy enough, then he’ll probably play. He won’t play all the snaps, but he can help us.”
The Chargers (9-3) sit one game behind the Chiefs (10-2) in the AFC West standings, and for the No. 1 seed in the conference. The Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Gordon, who has rushed for 802 yards this season, injured his knee Nov. 25 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mebane returns to family
Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane didn’t practice Friday to be with his newborn daughter, Makenna, a patient at a children’s hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mebane rejoined the team earlier this week after a two-week absence to be with his ailing daughter. On Wednesday, Mebane revealed Makenna was born Nov. 12 with trisomy 13 and called it a heart condition.
Lynn said Chargers owner Dean Spanos put Mebane on a plane to be with family.
“I won’t get into what’s going on with his baby,” Lynn said, “but if you pray, keep Mebane and his family in your prayers.”
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