CARSON, Calif. — Wearing a tight leg brace to protect his knee, Los Angeles Chargers running Melvin Gordon went through a 45-minute workout underneath the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Damon Mitchell before his team’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gordon looked much better than expected, keeping open the chance that he returns to get a much-anticipated, Thursday night contest against their AFC West rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Gordon inaccessible, his replacement, Austin Ekeler, carried the burden to the Chargers on crime as they hauled off the Bengals 26-21 on Sunday at StubHub Center.

Ekeler kept the chains moving with 94 total yards from scrimmage, for example 66. He had a 5-yard jog for a score.

Ekeler suffered an unspecified accident so his availability might be on a short week involved, when attempting to recover an onside kick at the conclusion of the match.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Ekeler was somewhat dizzy after the match, so he’s not certain what his injury status will be this week.

Ekeler said after the match while in the locker room that he had been fine.

“It is important right now that people get back to being healthy,” Ekeler explained. “We’ve got to get in there and perform all our recovery. It’s a short week, so it will be a massive mental week.”

Badgley continued to impress, developing a franchise-record 59-yard field goal at the close of this first half, one of four field goals he made on the day.

“It is cool,” Badgley said about the franchise listing. “I had been blessed with the opportunity to have yourself a chance to come in here. My teammates and the company welcomed me. It’s awesome to have the ability to venture around and make a move like that.”

A match behind Kansas City with the Chiefs currently holding the tie breaker, the Chargers might have a difficult time earning a seed.

To gain the branch for the very first time as 2009, the Chargers would need to acquire Thursday and also have Kansas City lose one of these two remaining games (on the road against the Seattle Seahawks or at home against the Oakland Raiders). The Chargers would need to win out from that scenario.

Even the Chargers can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Chiefs, which are the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2013, finishing the longest Bolts’ playoff drought.

The Chargers haven’t conquered Kansas City as a 24-21 overtime victory at the last match of this 2013 season that propelled them that season.

“It is a Enormous game,” said defensive end Joey Bosa, who notched his fourth sack of the season against the Bengals.” … Needless, it’s one of the better teams from the NFL plus it’s a prime time match Thursday night, so it’s going to be a significant setting, just sort of how it had been past week [vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers]. Therefore we’ve been there.”

It will, however, be Bosa’s very first shooter facing QB Patrick Mahomes, one among the MVP front-runners.

“He is a special gift, obviously,” Bosa explained. “Everyone’s seen what he is doing, the amount of touchdown passes along with the arm that he has. But it’s another week.”