Chargers news: Melvin Gordon will not report for start of training camp
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Report: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will not report for start of training camp

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The Los Angeles Chargers are set to begin training camp today. And as expected, star running back Melvin Gordon is not going to show up as he plans to hold out until he receives a new contract.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

When the #Chargers report to camp today, RB Melvin Gordon will not be among his teammates, source said. He’ll follow through on his plans to holdout and will be subject to fines. This should be lengthy, as talks are expected to halt and LAC will focus on the backs who are there.

Gordon is in the final year of his rookie contract and is set to earn $5.6 million. But he stands to lose a good chunk of that money if he doesn’t show up to work. And with the Chargers reportedly not ready to budge on contract talks, Gordon could be set to sit out for a while.

Gordon is coming off another strong season with the Chargers as he had 885 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 490 receiving yards (a new career-high) and four receiving TDs in 12 games. He hurt his knee late in the regular season and was not quite the same in the Chargers’ two postseason games.

In four seasons with the Chargers, Gordon has averaged over 1,000 yards and eight rushing touchdowns per 16 games. He’s also made the Pro Bowl in two out of the last three seasons.

With Gordon out, the likes of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson figure to get the majority of the snaps at running back during training camp.