There is now a notable injury concern for the Denver Broncos regarding running back Melvin Gordon.
While he received the green light to feature for Denver in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Gordon did deal with a shoulder injury over the past week. Still, he did go on to take part in all three of the team's scheduled practice sessions ahead of the contest.
Gordon opened up the game in statement fashion as he notched a key 12-yard gain in his first rush attempt. However, he did leave the contest after the play due to a hip injury.
On the 2nd play of the game the Broncos go with Melvin Gordon, who rips off a nice gain pic.twitter.com/c2scNSaQRp
— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 28, 2021
Gordon reportedly did not head back to the locker room after the rush attempt, but rather remained on the sidelines to stretch and get loose.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that the versatile running back was listed as questionable to return to the contest, but to the delight of the Broncos coaching staff, he went back into the game during the team's second drive on offense.
It will be noteworthy to see how the Broncos deal with this early injury scare from Gordon. Backup running back Javonte Williams sure will be ready if called upon to be the team's feature back if Gordon ends up missing time over the remainder of the game.
The Broncos are aiming to pick up a win over the Chargers in order to stay alive in the chaotic AFC West race.