The Pro Bowl running back has been sidelined since sustaining a grade 2 MCL sprain in Los Angeles’ Week 12 matchup with Arizona. There were hopes he could make a return in time for the team’s Sunday tilt with the Bengals, but the earliest he could now return is a pivotal Thursday-night showdown with the Chiefs.
The absence of the star running back didn’t slow down the Chargers in Week 13, as they pulled out a thrilling 33-30 victory over the Steelers on Sunday night thanks to the services of Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson. With Gordon out, those two will again share the carries against a Cincinnati team in a free fall, having lost each of its last four games.
At 9-3, the Chargers have all but locked up a playoff spot. They are, however, still battling with the Chiefs for the division crown. With Kansas City on the schedule just four days after their meeting with the Bengals, the Chargers could be taking a cautious approach to make sure the 2017 Pro Bowl selection is ready to go.
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