Chargers coach Mike McCoy stated Melvin Gordon is “extremely unlikely” to play Sunday due to accidents that sidelined him final Sunday.
Gordon, nevertheless, voiced growing optimism about enjoying within the following recreation, Dec. 24, at Cleveland.
“I’m recovering quite a bit quicker than I assumed I might,” he stated Wednesday.
Rookie Kenneth Farrow is to start out for Gordon because the lead operating again towards the Raiders. He changed him final week and gained seventy five yards from scrimmage over his fifty five snaps.
Gordon, who’s three yards shy of 1,000 dashing yards for the season, sustained hip and knee accidents trying to get well a fumble.
A Panthers defensive lineman, 2015 Professional Bowl deal with Kawann Brief, had knocked the ball from quarterback Philip Rivers (in a brisk 2.three seconds after the snap) after eluding proper guard D.J. Fluker’s block on first-and-10.
The would-be goal of a checkdown cross on the play, Gordon was put in a weak place by his tried fumble restoration. McCoy stated Monday the damage was much less extreme than the group initially feared.
The operating again stated it bugs him that he gained’t face the Raiders this week. He depicted the rematch as an opportunity to make amends for dropping a fumble at Oakland in Week 5.
“This can be a recreation I had circled, to be trustworthy,” he stated. “They acquired us final time. I sort of made a mistake, and I used to be so mad about that fumble the final recreation we performed them. I used to be type of on the lookout for some redemption. I assume I’ll have to attend till subsequent yr.”
Additionally at Oakland, Gordon rushed for sixty nine yards on four.three per carry and scored a landing on an 18-yard cross play.
Bosa is again
Rookie Joey Bosa was a full participant Wednesday, lining him as much as face the Raiders, towards whom he collected two sacks and a unfavorable stuffed run in his NFL debut.
The top didn’t return to Sunday’s recreation after he injured his neck when he slammed into Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. For his troubles, Bosa got here away with a sack to boost his season complete to six.5, a half sack forward of Melvin Ingram for the group lead.
Bosa defeated Panthers left deal with Mike Remmers, who performed for the Chargers in 2013, to succeed in Newton in three.three seconds.
Readying for Raiders
The Chargers (5-eight) apparently will miss the playoffs for the fourth yr in a row, however Rivers stated the gamers might be gung-ho for the sport Sunday.
“We’ve an opportunity nonetheless to be .500,” he stated earlier than itemizing a number of others incentives, together with defeating an AFC West rival and doing what the job requires.
“I don’t assume we’re gonna have any drawback getting guys able to go on the market and play our hearts out,” he stated.
No drawback right here
Panthers coach Ron Rivera stated final week he believes the potential of franchise relocation has worn on the Chargers soccer group.
McCoy and Rivers disagreed with the declare, saying the group has maintained a targeted mindset.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, whose franchise can also be the topic of relocation hypothesis, informed San Diego media the subject has had no bearing on his staff’s efficiency.
“We’ve actually stored our head down, stored the give attention to us and enjoying good soccer, getting ready for every opponent, recovering from the final recreation,” stated Del Rio, whose staff is 10-three. He added: “I’ve spent zero time on any of these different points.”
No matter relocation-associated developments occurred this week, Rivers stated they’re not value his remark. “Till there’s something definitive, I’d be speaking in circles,” he stated.
+ Left guard Orlando Franklin (hip) didn’t apply; his alternative, rookie Spencer Pulley, was a full participant.
+ Jeremy Butler (ankle) was a non-participant. At Carolina, the extensive receiver logged a season-excessive 14 snaps, together with 10 on particular groups.
+ Additionally sidelined was cornerback Craig Mager (shoulder). In his place, Trovon Reed had an interception at Carolina.
+ Two defensive starters for the Raiders, security Karl Joseph and deal with Stacy McGee, didn’t follow Wednesday. Each contributed impression performs to San Diego’s defeat Oct. 9.
+ The Chargers practiced to recorded crowd noise, in anticipation of Raiders followers making noise Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
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