Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos
Running Back #28
Denver Broncos
Running Back #28
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Splits backfield work again

Gordon ran for 50 yards on 10 carries against Las Vegas on Sunday, adding three receptions for 23 yards on three targets.

Analysis: Like nearly every game this year, Gordon split the Denver backfield functions almost 50-50 with rookie second-round pick Javonte Williams, who produced 53 yards on 11 carries and three receptions for 15 yards on three targets. Each big play by either back seems promptly answered with a matching effort by the other, and that's been great for the Denver offense. It's frustrating for fantasy investors, of course, and as long as both players hold serve it will be difficult for the other to get ahead. It's a formula that generally leaves Gordon touchdown-dependent for fantasy viability, and there were no such opportunities Sunday with the Broncos trailing Las Vegas all game. Perhaps Gordon can find the end zone again in Week 7, but playing on the road against Cleveland could be a challenging venue.

Oct 17, 2021 5:55 PM EST


Active as expected Sunday

Gordon (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: As expected, Gordon will once again tough out an injury and play after going into the weekend listed as questionable. The veteran has also dealt with ribs and lower-leg injuries over the last pair of contests, but he's still logged a combined 65 snaps in those games while splitting time with rookie Javonte Williams, an arrangement that will persist versus Las Vegas.

Oct 17, 2021 12:00 PM EST



Expected to suit up Sunday

Gordon (hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon was listed as questionable by the Broncos after logging limited practices both Thursday and Friday, but it appears as though the running back's hip issue won't prevent him from continuing to share backfield work with rookie Javonte Williams. Confirmation of Gordon's Week 6 status will arrive once Denver's inactives are posted in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Oct 17, 2021 4:15 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Gordon (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after logging limited practices both Thursday and Friday.

Analysis: Given the official questionable tag, Gordon's status will be worth monitoring as Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff approaches, though Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com indicates that he fully expects the running back to be available this weekend. If that's the case, Gordon will continue to split backfield work with rookie Javonte Williams, an arrangement that's resulted in Gordon averaging 56.4 rushing yards and 19.2 receiving yards to date, to go along with a pair of TDs.

Oct 15, 2021 2:38 PM EST


Putting in limited practice

Gordon (hip) will practice Thursday in a limited capacity, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The limited activity marks a step forward for Gordon, who went down as a non-participant during the Broncos' first Week 6 practice Wednesday. After managing a lower leg contusion heading into last week's loss to Pittsburgh, Gordon is nursing a new injury this week, but he once again is expected to be ready to go for game day. Even so, another timeshare arrangement could be in the offing for Gordon in Sunday's game against the Raiders; he's logged 65 snaps and has handled 22 touches over the past two contests, while rookie Javonte Williams has been on the field for 53 plays while taking 21 touches.

Oct 14, 2021 11:55 AM EST



Dealing with new injury

Gordon missed Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: In the previous two weeks of prep, Gordon tended to rib and lower leg issues, which now have been replaced by a new health concern. He also had a season-low 11 touches in both Weeks 4 and 5 on his way to 18 carries for 90 yards and four catches (on six targets) for 20 yards. Meanwhile, rookie second-round pick Javonte Williams continues to play second fiddle in the Broncos backfield, combining for 15 rushes for 109 yards and six receptions (on as many targets) for 36 yards during that two-game span. Gordon's new injury could open the door for the script to flip for the two running backs, but the sixth-year veteran will have two more chances to get on the practice field this week and set himself up to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Oct 13, 2021 4:30 PM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Gordon (undisclosed) won't practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon headed into Week 5 action listed as questionable with a lower leg injury, but ended up suiting up for this past Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, en route to carrying nine times for 34 yards and catching both of his targets for nine yards. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether the running back's absence is attributed to his lower-leg issue, and if that's the case it's plausible that Gordon's DNP could be maintenance-related.

Oct 13, 2021 10:57 AM EST


Struggles in losing effort

Gordon carried the ball nine times for 34 yards and caught both of his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 27-19 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Gordon continued to split work with rookie Javonte Williams (10 touches for 86 all-purpose yards) nearly evenly, but it was the latter who performed better in this contest. The veteran back has been steady, but unspectacular, through five contests. Gordon almost needs to hit pay dirt in order to maintain standard-league value with the capped amount of touches he receives. On the plus side, a soft matchup against the Raiders 25th-ranked rush defense is on tap Sunday.

Oct 10, 2021 4:57 PM EST


Active for Sunday's game

Gordon (lower leg) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: With Gordon active, as expected, he'll continue to split work with rookie Javonte Williams, an arrangement that has yielded 51 carries and 11 passing targets for Gordon and 46 carries and nine targets for Williams through Denver's first four contests. While a time-share is never optimal for fantasy purposes, Gordon has maintained a degree of lineup utility by averaging 62.0 rushing yards per game with two TDs, as well as an average of 21.8 yards via the air thus far.

Oct 10, 2021 8:40 AM EST


Expected to play Sunday

Though Gordon (lower leg) is listed as questionable after practicing in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette relays that coach Vic Fangio is confident the running back will play Sunday against the Steelers.

Analysis: Official confirmation of Gordon's Week 5 status will arrive prior to the first wave of games Sunday, with the Broncos kicking off at 1:00 ET. Assuming he suits up, as expected, Gordon will continue to operate in a backfield timeshare with rookie Javonte Williams.

Oct 9, 2021 9:01 AM EST


Deemed questionable for Sunday

Gordon (lower leg) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Gordon is nursing a lower-leg contusion coming out the Week 4 loss to the Ravens, and the injury kept him from practicing Wednesday before he returned to the field in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. Even though Gordon will take a designation into the weekend, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com relays that the 28-year-old is expected to play. if that's the case, Gordon will likely find himself in a near-even timeshare with rookie Javonte Williams.

Oct 8, 2021 1:52 PM EST


On track for Sunday

Gordon (lower leg) is expected to play against the Steelers on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gordon sat out practice Wednesday but was able to participate in a limited fashion Thursday, and it appears he'll be able to play through the injury this weekend at Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old is trending in the right direction, though it's unclear if he's made enough progress to avoid the questionable tag for Sunday's contest.

Oct 8, 2021 7:24 AM EST


Returns to practice

Gordon, who is dealing with a lower leg contusion, will return to a limited practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Friday's final injury report of the week will determine whether or not Gordon approaches Sunday's game against the Steelers with a Week 5 injury designation, but it would surprise us if he's unavailable for the contest. Assuming he's a go this weekend, Gordon is in line to continue to work in a time-share with fellow RB Javonte Williams.

Oct 7, 2021 10:58 AM EST


Sits out practice

Gordon (lower leg contusion) won't practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Gordon headed into Week 4 action listed as questionable with a lower leg issue as well as a rib injury, yet suited up for Sunday's loss to the Ravens, en route to playing 30 snaps and carrying nine times for 56 yards and catching two of his four targets for 11 yards. With no reported setbacks in the contest, we suspect that Gordon's absence from practice Wednesday is maintenance-related.

Oct 6, 2021 10:54 AM EST


Leading rusher in loss

Gordon carried the ball nine times for 56 yards and caught two of four targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The Denver running game had some success in the first half and both Gordon and Javonte Williams finished the afternoon averaging better than six yards a carry, but when Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion late in the second quarter, the whole offense stagnated. Gordon's performance suggests the various injuries he was dealing with in practice this week won't be a factor moving forward, but he'll face a tough matchup in Week 5 against the Steelers.

Oct 3, 2021 7:13 PM EST


Active as expected

Gordon (ribs/lower leg) is active against the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Gordon was trending in the direction of active status as the practice week concluded, and his availability for the showdown against the Ravens is now official. The veteran running back is expected to continue in what appears to be a narrowing timeshare arrangement with impressive rookie Javonte Williams, with Gordon outpacing his teammate by only six carries in Week 3 against the Jets.

Oct 3, 2021 12:02 PM EST


Should be available

Gordon (ribs) is currently listed as questionable for Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Ravens, but he is expected to play barring any setbacks Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gordon logged three limited practices leading up to the contest, seemingly a good sign for his availability. Though final confirmation will come shortly before kickoff, Gordon should be in line to continue to see what has been a fairly even split of work with Javonte Williams out of the Broncos' backfield. Through three games this season, Gordon has earned no fewer than 14 touches in a single contest.

Oct 2, 2021 10:16 PM EST


Listed as questionable for Week 4

Gordon (ribs/lower leg) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after being limited in practice this past week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post previously indicated that Gordon's pair of listed injury issues aren't expected to prevent him from playing in Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. Assuming he's a go this weekend, Gordon would be in line to continue to work in backfield timeshare with rookie Javonte Williams, with Mike Boone (quadriceps) potentially a candidate to come off IR and work in a reserve role behind the team's top RB duo.

Oct 1, 2021 2:02 PM EST


Another limited session

Gordon (ribs/lower leg) remained limited at practice Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Per O'Halloran, neither issue is expected to prevent Gordon from taking the field Sunday against the Ravens. Friday's final injury report of the week should reveal whether the running back heads into the weekend listed as questionable, or minus a Week 4 injury designation.

Sep 30, 2021 3:49 PM EST


Limited by rib injury

Gordon (ribs) was limited at practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: We'll circle back on Gordon's status Thursday, but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that his availability for Sunday's game against the Ravens is in any danger. Assuming he's a go this weekend, Gordon will continue to operate in a backfield timeshare with rookie Javonte Williams.

Sep 29, 2021 4:01 PM EST


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