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Report: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon holdout could be ending soon

Melvin Gordon, Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon’s holdout is reportedly set to come to an end soon. While no final date has been set for when he will report, Gordon’s planned return date sometime in October could be moved up, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gordon has been holding out for a new contract since the start of training camp. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and is due $4.9 million in base salary this year. He is looking to be one of the highest-paid running backs in the league on his next deal.

Gordon said just a few days ago that he was “going to play somewhere” this season and that it would be a waste of his talent if he didn’t. It appears he is ready to stick to his word and play out the season with the Chargers.

The Chargers could certainly use Gordon back in the lineup as they’ve started the season 1-2. LA rushed for 125 or more yards in each of the last two games but had just 73 yards in their 27-20 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 3.

Gordon has been among the most productive running backs in the league since he was drafted by the Chargers in the first round in 2015. In each of the last three years, he has averaged over 1,400 total yards of offense and nearly 13 total touchdowns per season.

But even if Gordon does report Thursday, though, he is unlikely to be ready in time to make his debut in Week 4 against the lowly Miami Dolphins.