The Los Angeles Chargers took down the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon without the help of star running back Melvin Gordon.
Austin Ekeler starred for the Chargers, racking up 154 total yards and three touchdowns en route to the team’s 30-24 win. Backup running back Justin Jackson also had success, rushing for 57 yards on just six carries.
With Ekeler and Jackson playing well, Gordon’s leverage for a new contract evaporated. However, he still plans to return to the team – without a new deal – at some point this season.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Gordon “will continue to ‘protect himself’ with holdout but will report to the team in 2019,” Folwe reported on Friday.
W/ LAC showing little interest in a trade, Melvin Gordon will continue to "protect himself" with holdout but will report to the team in '19, per source. "Not a Le'Veon Bell situation," source said. "He still wants to be a Charger." Midseason/early Nov. return looking more likely
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 13, 2019
Fowler revealed Gordon is targeting a “midseason” return in early November.
The star running back must play this season to become a free agent following the 2019 campaign. With the success of Ekeler and Jackson, Gordon’s holdout actually benefits both he and the Chargers at this point.
He stays healthy and can return to the team for a run to the playoffs. Los Angeles lost tight end Hunter Henry for a few weeks with a knee injury earlier this week.
The Chargers (1-0) are set to return to the field next Sunday at Detroit.