Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 74%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 8.1%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.8
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk


Melvin Gordon Player Overview

Melvin Gordon just turned 27 years old and was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a 2-sport star, playing both football and running track. He had an impressive senior season in high school where he rushed for 2,009 yards and 38 touchdowns, winning Wisconsin’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Considered a four-star recruit, Gordon chose to stay in state and went to the University of Wisconsin after decommitting from the University of Iowa.

Gordon played all four years at Wisconsin, but didn’t do much as a freshman after suffering a groin injury, leading him to redshirt that year. Then in his sophomore year he was the third string running back behind Montee Ball and James White. He rushed for 62 times for 621 yards and 3 touchdowns that season. As a junior he started to breakout, rushing for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns. In his senior season he was considered as a Heisman Trophy contender and was on several preseason award watch lists. This was the first season he was the lead running back. He rushed 343 times for 2,587 yards and an impressive 7.5 yards per carry, 29 touchdowns also chipping in 19 receptions for 153 yards and 3 more touchdowns.

At the NFL combine he measured 6’?” and weighed 215 pounds running a 4.52 40 yard dash, and posted an elite 60 yard shuttle-time of 11 seconds. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the first round with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Gordon played 14 games in his rookie season, rushing 182 times for 641 yards, no touchdowns and averaging a subpar 3.5 yards per carry. He did manage to catch 33 passes for 190 yards. He was placed on season-ending injury reserve after sustaining a knee injury. He also struggled with six fumbles that year.

Heading into his second NFL season, 2016, it was revealed that Gordon had actually underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in January. This is a very significant surgery and will…

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Melvin Gordon Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 13, 2020 NFL Shoulder Gordon injured his shoulder during the win against Carolina. He was active for the next game
Aug 20, 2020 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Gordon tweaked his ribs during the training camp's practice session. He was available for the season opener.
Nov 25, 2018 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon sprained his right MCL in Week 12 and missed the following 3 games.
Oct 14, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon missed Week 7 with an unspecified hamstring injury. He returned after the Week 8 bye.
Dec 11, 2016 NFL Inguinal Hip Sprain Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Dec 11, 2016 NFL Knee PCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Dec 20, 2015 NFL Knee Tear Gordon tore cartilage in his knee in Week 15 and was placed on IR.
Aug 13, 2015 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon sat out Week 2 of the preseason but was fine to handle 17 touches in his regular season debut.