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Report: Melvin Gordon Could Be Moving Up Return To Chargers

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)

One of the NFL's top running backs could be nearing a return to the gridiron. Per multiple reports, Los Angeles Charges star Melvin Gordon may move up his reporting timeline.

Gordon was one of a pair of star running backs that held out as we approached the season, looking for major contract extensions. The Dallas Cowboys eventually gave Ezekiel Elliott the contract he was looking for.

Elliott is seen as a better all around player than Gordon. The former Wisconsin star isn't being helped by position-mate Austin Ekeler either, who has been quite productive as a rusher and receiver out of the backfield for the Chargers.

As a result, it sounds like Gordon's holdout could come to a close sooner than later, and he won't pull a full Le'Veon Bell move. It also seems likely that he'll test free agency at season's end, without a deal in place this fall.

Late last night, Branson Wright of The Plain Dealer first reported that Gordon would return as soon as tomorrow.

This morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that "no final decisions" have been made by Gordon, but that he could be moving things up and reporting sooner than originally anticipated. It had previously been reported that Gordon planned to rejoin the team in October.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that no decision has been made on returning this week, but lent some credence to Wright's report.

So, Melvin Gordon fantasy owners, you may want to keep that roster spot filled for a bit longer, as one of the league's most productive rushers could be back on the field sooner than anticipated. The Chargers travel to face the lowly Dolphins this week, followed by a home division battle with the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6. Update: Rapoport clarifies that even if Gordon reports this week, he is unlikely to play until that Broncos game at the earliest.

Either way, it seems like there is real momentum towards Gordon being back much sooner than most anticipated.