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Chargers place rookie running back Melvin Gordon on IR

Gordon's season is done after 14 games.

The Chargers placed running back Melvin Gordon on the reserve-injured list Monday, ending Gordon's rookie campaign two games shy of a full season.

Head coach Mike McCoy said Gordon has cartilage damage in his left knee, suffered during the game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

Gordon appeared hurt after a rush in the second quarter. He was checked out on the sideline before walking to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

The first round draft pick ends the season with 641 yards on 184 attempts (for an average of 3.5 yards per carry). A number you didn't expect to see from the Wisconsin Badger who scored 29 rushing touchdowns his senior season: Zero, as in zero touchdowns his first year in the NFL. Gordon's longest rush was 27 yards and his biggest game came Week Two, when he ran for 88 yards.

Gordon also caught 33 receptions for 192 yards. He fumbled the ball six times, losing four of those.

The Chargers struggled to run the ball this season for a number of reasons: They played from behind for most games and reverted to the pass; an injured offensive line led to blocking struggles; and, Gordon needed time to acclimate to the NFL.

“I’m going to say the same thing today as I did the first preseason game: it’s 11 guys doing their job better," McCoy said. "There were some runs [vs. Miami] that were outstanding. The play may not have been blocked perfect, but his effort and his ability to go through an arm tackle and his power ... But then there is another play or two where you say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to put your foot on the ground and go.’”


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