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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Officially Out for Sunday’s Showdown in Pittsburgh

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, linebacker Brandon Mebane and offensive tackle Joe Barksdale have been ruled out for Sunday night’s AFC showdown in Pittsburgh.

Gordon and Mebane did not practice this week. Barksdale was full participation before missing Friday’s session.

Gordon, who is sixth in the NFL in rushing, sprained the MCL in his right knee during Sunday’s 45-10 win over Arizona. Austin Ekeler is expected to get the start in place of Gordon.

Mebane will miss his second straight game while dealing with what coach Anthony Lynn says is a family issue. Mebane is fifth on the team in tackles (43) and has one sack. Damion Square is likely to get the start.

Barksdale is out due to a non-injury related issue. He was originally listed as questionable before being downgraded.

Los Angeles (8-3) has also listed wide receiver Tyrell Williams (quad) as questionable.

Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt to Chat with Georgia Tech About Their Head Coaching Job

Georgia Tech is targeting a Yellow Jacket alumnus and veteran NFL coach for its vacant head coaching job, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is slated to interview for the Georgia Tech head coaching gig prior to the Bolts’ Sunday night game in Pittsburgh, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Longtime Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is retiring after the end of the season after 11 years with the university.

Whisenhunt played for Georgia Tech from 1980 to 1984 and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He has 22 years of coaching experience in the NFL and has been the head coach of two franchises: Arizona Cardinals (2007-2012), Tennessee Titans (2014-2015). Whisenhunt has spent just two seasons coaching in the college ranks as a special teams, tight ends and H-backs coach at Vanderbilt.

Chargers Leading RB Melvin Gordon ‘Week to Week’ with Sprained MCL

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is week to week after he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s 45-10 win over the Cardinals.

Gordon sustained the injury when the Chargers ran a reverse during the third quarter. He had scored two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards in the game before the injury.

The fourth-year standout, who missed the Week 7 game against Tennessee due to hamstring injury, is fourth in the league in average yards from scrimmage per game (125.5) and is sixth in the league in rushing with 802 yards. He has already scored a career-high 13 touchdowns, which includes nine rushing.

Austin Ekeler is expected to become the lead back if Gordon misses any time. The Chargers (8-3) begin a tough stretch this week at Pittsburgh.

Rivers Unstoppable; Chargers Dominate Cardinals 45-10 to Move to 8-3

It was a record breaking day for Chargers QB Philip Rivers, as he broke a couple records in the Chargers route of the Arizona Cardinals, winning easily 45-10.

It didn’t start all sunny for the Bolts, who fell behind the Cards early 10-0, but once they settled down, Rivers could not be stopped, setting a NFL record with 25 straight first half completions.

On the day he went 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters. It was also his 11th straight game with multiple TD passes.

He set two marks in the huge win, tying the NFL record for consecutive completions and set marks for the most to start a game and the highest percentage in a game.

Mike Williams and Melvin Gordon each had two touchdowns in the runaway win for Los Angeles. Gordon, who came into the game sixth in the league in rushing, had 61 yards on 10 carries before suffering a knee injury during the third quarter.

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Chargers DE Joey Bosa Questionable for Sunday’s Game Against Denver

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is getting closer, and is listed as questionable this Sunday in the Bolts home game against the Denver Broncos.

Bosa was limited in practice for the third straight day on Friday because of a left foot injury he suffered just before the start of the season.

Bosa seems to be on the cusp of making his return. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Bosa didn’t say he’d play for sure but spoke in terms that showed he’s already thinking about how his body would respond to playing Sunday.

“I’m sure after the game, next Monday, it’s going to be pretty tough,” Bosa said, per NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. “It’s something you have to manage with ice and volume.”

Getting Bosa back would be a significant boost to the Chargers, who have won six straight games and have a 7-2 record. Bosa is a dominant pass rusher who has racked up 23 sacks in his first two seasons. He is set to join a defense that ranks ninth in the NFL in sacks (26).

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Thursday that Bosa is on a rehab plan prescribed by team doctors. Bradley wouldn’t say if Bosa was playing, let alone how he could be used or how much.

If he does play, coach Anthony Lynn probably will take it easy on his standout pass rusher in his first game back.

In addition to Bosa, tight end Antonio Gates (knee) is questionable to play and cornerback Trevor Williams (knee) has been ruled out.

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Chargers at Seahawks NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s Inactives for the Chargers and Seahawks matchup in Seattle

Chargers

DE Joey Bosa
S Rayshawn Jenkins
OG Forrest Lamp
DE Chris Landrum
RB Detrez Newsome
OG Trent Scott
OT Cole Toner

Seahawks

S Maurice Alexander
DT Poona Ford
DT Nazair Jones
OT Ethan Pocic
RB C.J. Prosise
OG Jordan Simmons
CB Neiko Thorpe