COSTA MESA, Calif. – – After being considered a long shot to play Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon could face Miami dolphins on the road, coach Anthony Lynn said Friday.
Lynn initially said Gordon, who applied Thursday after a 64-day detention, would be suspicious this week.
However, the Chargers excluded Justin Justin Acksson due to a calf effort on Friday, leaving only two healthy fugitives, starter Austin Eckeler and Troamain Pope, on the active roster.
The NHL added Gordon to the list of exceptions from two league games. Chargers should put Gordon on the active roster by 4pm. ET Saturday so he has the right to play on Sunday.
Chargers can also promote the return of Detroit News from the exercise team to an active roster.
Lynn said Gordon looked great during his two-day workout, but he has reservations for the Wisconsin product that first plays pads and deals with the mental part of the game.
"We understand that Melvin is back in a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how many plays, and even if he plays at all," Lynn said.
For his part, Gordon said he was ready. Chargers rehearsed on Thursday.
"I'm good, man," Gordon said. "I really failed to measure as I wanted, but as I said if they called me [I’m ready]. I was grinding. It's not like I was sitting around and coming overweight or something. But it's not like getting a pre-season game to warm up. You will be kind and enter the fire. "
Chargers head to Miami with short hands. Along with acksexon, receivers include Mike Williams (back), kicker Michael Badgley (right groin), Hunter Henry (knee) and narrow end Virgil Green (groin).
Receiver Travis Benjamin (hip) did not exercise on Friday and is suspicious of the Dolphins game. Panthers Tue Long will also handle kicking duties for a fourth match.
Gordon said he decided to return because he had missed his teammates, and Holding had failed to achieve its goal of securing a new deal.
Gordon wanted an extension of the deal that would compensate him among the league's top fugitives, such as Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Levion Bell, who earn an average of $ 13 million to $ 14 million a year.
The defendants offered Gordon a new deal that doubled his annual salary to about $ 10 million.
"Nothing came out of it, so I'm trying not to think about it," Gordon said. "Obviously there is no agreement, so it's obviously something I don't want to talk about. All I can do is get out there and play ball and kind of how to do my skill and determine my future. "
Gordon said when the Chargers suffered their first loss against the Lions in Detroit, he was surprised he was upset. And when his team suffered its second straight loss, he feels compelled to return.
Gordon said he was hanging out with good friends of the team like Mike Ponce, Melvin Ingram and Kenan Allen during his event, along with staying in touch with players such as Philip Rivers and Ekeler.
Those close relations facilitated Gordon's return. Gordon also said he chose to stay and train nearby in San Diego because he was acquainted with coach Todd Durkin and still has a place there. It also allowed him to hang out with teammates during their time.
"They were great for that," Gordon said of his teammates. "Nobody hates me or gets mad. They just said: & # 39; Do what is best for you, know that we are missing you and will be glad to come back here."
Gordon also said the Chargers punished him in half. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, Gordon could be fined up to $ 30,000 a day and his nearly $ 330,000 check for missing pre-season and regular season games missed. Gordon has lost nearly $ 1 million in base salary since missing the first three games.
“It comes with consequences [of] sitting outside, "he said." If I thought the sentences would be completely deleted, I knew that if I got into this situation, it wouldn't be. You do something against the rules, you pay the consequences, but I think they did everything they could to please me and make me feel better when I was there. "
Gordon believes no bridges with chargers were set on fire. They are the team that prepared him, and during this process he maintained good relations with general manager Tom Telesco.
According to Gordon, Telescope is one of the first people he spoke to when he returned on Thursday. There remains a chance Gordon could stay with the team out this season.
"Business is business, football is football," Gordon said. "I had conversations with Tom during this process; we talked a few times. He definitely let me know that he brought me back and that he had no problems and he understood from the player's point of view. So that made me feel better." .
Gordon also said he retained his same agents, Fletcher Smith and Damarius Bilbo.
"I was the reason I didn't go in," Gordon said when asked about his presentation. "They wanted to come in and I was like, & # 39; No."
"During this process, no one really received any disrespect. I think we've dealt with that [OK], we just couldn't find out. But as I said, I think we have more than enough time. It's not like I hate being a charger. I want to be a charger. They have changed my life and I hope we can understand something from this point on and I don't have to go to another team. "