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October 21, 2021

Melvin Gordon expected to play for Chargers vs. Dolphins, just three days after ending holdout

Just three days after ending his holdout and reporting for duty, Melvin Gordon is expected to make his season debut for the Los Angeles Chargers. 

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Chargers plan to play Gordon on a limited snap count Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the Chargers. 

Gordon missed all of training camp, the preseason and first three weeks of the regular season because he wanted a long-term contract that would pay him in the neighborhood of the top running backs in the league. The Chargers had extended Gordon a contract offer during the offseason, but the sides remained far apart. Since the regular season began, the Chargers have remained firm in their stance that they’ll not negotiate toward a new contract for Gordon — who has two years left on his rookie deal — until after the season. 

Gordon decided to end his holdout this week and reported to the team on Thursday. Coach Anthony Lynn said he appeared to be in good shape, but he hadn’t committed to whether he would play Gordon or not. Lynn said on Friday that there was a chance. 

Gordon made the trip to Miami, and now the plan is for him to suit up and try to help the Chargers improve their record to 2-2. 

He has had one 1,000-yard season in his previous four years, but last season rushed for a career-high 10 touchdowns. 

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