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Broncos’ Melvin Gordon out vs Patriots with strep throat

Broncos, Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon did not travel with the team and will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. According to Michael David Smith of NBC Sports, Gordon is dealing with a strep throat.

The team reportedly did not want to risk the bacteria spreading to the rest of the squad. The strep throat is highly contagious, so it is understandable why the team wants to exercise precautionary measures.

Gordon reportedly missed Friday’s practice due to an illness. Nonetheless, the team clarified that his absence wasn’t due to COVID-19, which has plagued several other teams around the league.

This is episode No. 2 of Gordon’s bad luck this week. On Tuesday, the 27-year old was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding violations. Apart from the charges, the league could also discipline him with a possible suspension and penalties, though that could take a more tedious process.

This has been such a shame of a week for the former first round pick. It could have went worse, but fortunately, he did not get infected with the coronavirus.

The Broncos inked Gordon to a two-year, $16 million deal in the offseason. The two-time Pro Bowler has played well for Denver through its first four games of the season. He leads the Broncos in carries (65), rushing yards (281), and rushing touchdowns (3).

In his absence, Philip Lindsay, who has been on the sidelines due to a toe injury he suffered in the season opener, could get plenty of run when he returns to the field immediately on Sunday.