Chargers’ Gordon, Ekeler, Allen likely to play vs. Ravens

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) celebrates after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on Nov. 25.Photo Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers are optimistic to see a few key cogs return to the field for their next game.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler as well as wide receiver Keenan Allen have a “legitimate chance” to play on Saturday (8:20 p.m.) as the surging Chargers (11-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (8-6).

Gordon has missed the last three games with a sprained MCL while Ekeler sat out Thursday’s 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs with a neck injury.

Allen sustained a hip pointer in that contest versus the AFC West-leading Chiefs (11-3), who hold the tiebreaker over the Chargers due to a better division record.

The 25-year-old Gordon was injured on a reverse early in the second half of a 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 25, with a leg whip by defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche taking him down for a 10-yard loss.

Gordon has a team-leading 802 rushing yards on 153 carries for a 5.2 per-carry average. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gordon also has 44 catches for 453 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns (nine rushing, four receiving) on the season.

Ekeler was injured while bidding to recover an onside kick attempt during the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 9. He remained on the field for several moments before being helped to the sideline.

The 23-year-old Ekeler, who had 94 total yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, has carried 98 times for 496 yards with two scores this season.

Allen leads the Chargers in receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,074) and is second in touchdown catches (six). He is one season removed from making his first Pro Bowl after recording 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six scores.

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