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Anthony Lynn Announces Update On RB Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon runs the ball for the Los Angeles Chargers

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a 34 yard run in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

After a lengthy holdout, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon returned to the team today. He's missed a handful of games and a significant amount of practice. With that in mind, head coach Anthony Lynn revealed what Gordon's status will be moving forward.

Speaking to the media, Lynn revealed that Gordon will return as the starting running back. He explained that the team has been ready for him to return and named him their starter "for a reason."

"He's our starter. No doubt. He was our starter for a reason... as soon as Melvin's ready, he'll go back. He'll go back to number one."

Lynn spoke glowingly about backup running backs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. He said they'll still have a role with the team.

Ironically, it was probably Ekeler and Jackson's strong play that made Gordon realize he had little leverage with the Chargers. They've combined for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in three games, and another 25 receptions and two touchdowns through the air.

Gordon is set to lose nearly $2 million in fines and missed wages, and will become a free agent at the end of this season.

But in the interim, the Chargers get back one of the top running backs in the league - and at a perfect time too.

Los Angeles is 1-2. Their next game will be this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.