LosAngeles Chargers running Melvin Gordon Won’t play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

Gordon was battling a knee injury that kept him out of the Chargers’ previous two matches.

Gordon sprained his right knee Nov. 25 against the Cardinals when Arizona defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche leg-whipped him to the ground on a 10-yard loss.

He has actually missed matches against the Steelers and Bengals — both successes for the 10-3 Chargers.

“I have been grinding hard for straight back and we’re still trying to decide what we will do,” Gordon said Tuesday. “I know Coach [Anthony Lynn] is hoping to be careful and doesn’t desire me to farther hurt myself or things such as this. Therefore we’ll see where this goes, however, I’m a lot stronger and more confident than I had been a week”

Austin Ekeler, Gordon’s copy, additionally has gone out after suffering a stinger and a concussion against the Bengals. Running-back Justin Jackson needs to receive his first career start Thursday traveling, supported with yet another rookie, undrafted free agent Detrez Newsome.

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