By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has ended his hold-out. The star running back reportedly told sources he expected to be back in week 5, however he decided to end his hold-out 3 days before the Chargers are scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins.
Couldn’t say many blame him. The Dolphins have been outscored by 117 points in their last 3 outings. The Chargers are coming off two consecutive losses and in need of a boost. The return of Gordon and a very favorable match-up could be just what the Chargers needed.
Earlier in the week when reports surfaced about the possibility of Gordon ending his hold out. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was asked about Gordon’s return and whether they were prepared for him. Flores said they were ready.
“Yeah, we’re prepared for everyone. The second that got reported, I went to my Melvin Gordon tape and took a look. I have some familiarity with him. This is one of the best backs in the league running the football. He runs hard, breaks tackles, catches it out of the backfield. He’s a good player. But they’ve got good backs. We talked about (Austin) Ekeler yesterday and (Justin) Jackson. They’ve got an array of backs. Just add one more to the preparation and away we go.”
Miami looks to try and improve on the little progress that made last week under new starting quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen’s pocket presence and ability to avoid pressure could cause some problems for this Chargers secondary.
Once again, all eyes will be on Miami’s much misaligned offensive line, which is going to see another shuffle for the third week in a row. Dolphins lost left tackle Jesse Davis and right guard Danny Isidora during last weeks match-up with the Cowboys. Davis injury is believed to be a left elbow and he is questionable for Sunday, while Danny Isidora has been reported as lost for the season.
Coach Flores would not comment on any new line-ups following his afternoon press conference on Friday. Many are speculating that we could see Shaq Calhoun and Evan Boehm who took over for Davis and Isidora last week.
On a positive note, wide receiver Albert Wilson has made it off the inactive list and has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Following several weeks of limited practices, Wilson on Friday said: “I feel really good.”. The real question is, is he fully back to that playmaking level? Coach Flores say only real game action can tell us that.
Chargers are coming in as 16.5 point favorites. That make 3 weeks in a row the Dolphins opponents have been favored by double digits. Dolphins fans can hope to see continued progress week to week, and maybe, eventually, pull out a win.
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