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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon confident he can play through ankle injury

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Jack Wang

COSTA MESA — Melvin Gordon did not practice with the Chargers on Wednesday. But just days after setting a new personal rushing record, the third-year tailback is confident he’ll play in the regular-season finale against the Raiders — ankle injury or not.

“I’m good,” he said. “I’ll be ready on Sunday.”

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NFL players don’t always provide the most accurate health updates, with many pushing through ailments to preserve their jobs or their pride. Often, the onus is on coaches and medical staff to protect athletes from themselves.

Coach Anthony Lynn stuck to that philosophy on Wednesday, taking a wait-and-see approach on Gordon despite the running back’s own insistence on his availability.

“He’s day by day,” Lynn said. “If it’s something he can play with, then he’ll play. But right now, we won’t know until the end of the week.”

That may be, but Gordon has already been listed as questionable multiple times this season due to shoulder, knee and foot injuries. His status was most in doubt before a Week 8 trip to New England, but he responded with an 87-yard touchdown run — one that tied Paul Lowe’s 56-year-old franchise record.

It’s unclear whether or not his latest injury is more serious. Dr. David Chao, a former Chargers team doctor, expressed the […]    

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