COSTA MESA (CNS) - Running back Melvin Gordon will miss his second consecutive game when the Los Angeles Chargers play host to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at StubHub Center, the team announced today.
“We didn't feel like he was ready this week,” coach Anthony Lynn said after practice at Orange Coast College. “He did some things and looked better, but we're going to keep him out."
Gordon did not practice in any of this week's three practices because of a knee injury suffered Nov. 25 in a 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals but “did some change-of-direction stuff today on the side,” Lynn said Friday.
“I'm really encouraged with his rehab right now," Lynn said.
Gordon did not play in Sunday's 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Despite missing two games, Gordon is 10th in the league in rushing with 802 yards. He was also sidelined for the 20-19 victory over the Tennessee Titans Oct. 21 because of a hamstring injury.
Cornerback Trevor Williams will miss the game because of a knee injury, Lynn said.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane did not practice Friday. He is considered doubtful for Sunday's game, Lynn said.
“(Chargers owner) Dean (Spanos) put him on a plane and sent him back to Nebraska to be with his family,” Lynn said. “I don't want to get into what's going on with his baby, but if you pray, keep Mebane and his family in your prayers."
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