Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffers MCL injury vs. Cardinals, report says

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffers MCL injury vs. Cardinals, report says

The Chargers could be without their star running back for at least six weeks.

Melvin Gordon exited Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after hurting his right knee, and the initial diagnosis is said to involve an MCL injury, according to a report from ESPN, which cited an unidentified source. 

The Pro-Bowl running back will undergo further evaluation Monday, and he likely will be sidelined for Los Angeles’ next matchup versus Pittsburgh on Dec. 2. The recovery time for an MCL injury is usually around a month and a half.

The injury occurred on a reverse call early in the third quarter of the Chargers’ eventual 45-10 win. Gordon was brought down by Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who hit Gordon’s right knee. He left the field on his own, and was checked out by medical staff on the sideline.

Gordon was also evaluated in the locker room.

The ESPN report noted Gordon was seen limping out of the locker room after the game. 

“That’s a play that we’ve had in for a long time,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said, via ESPN. “We’ve been trying to get it called in a game. Melvin loves the play, and we were not taking our foot off the gas pedal.

“It’s a play if he gets around the perimeter, he may still be running. But they made a heck of a play and hit us in the backfield.”

The Chargers had a commanding 28-10 lead when they called for a reverse. 

Gordon had 61 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries before leaving the field.