Chargers won't change anything after Gordon's injury
Denver Broncos: Not invited to the combine and not drafted, rookie running back Phillip Lindsay continues to shine for the Broncos. He ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing yards (780), tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (six), and fourth in yards per carry (5.78) after posting 110 yards and a score on 14 carries Sunday. Head coach Vance Joseph credits Lindsay's success to uncommon fearlessness for a 5-foot-8, 190-pounder. "He has the courage and the speed to run through darkness and to run through the smoke, so to speak," Joseph said Monday. "He's so fast through the hole that by the time the linebackers see him, he's so close to them it's hard for those guys to tackle him. He gets into the secondary really fast. I think it's a combination of speed and courage."
Kansas City Chiefs: Good friends dating back to their days on the Green Bay Packers' staff in the early 1990s, Andy Reid and Jon Gruden face off as coaches this week for the first time since October of 2006. In his old role as a Monday Night Football color commentator, Gruden had the opportunity to get a close look at the Chiefs, most recently before last season's wild-card playoff game, after reports had already surfaced that Gruden was returning to coach the Raiders. But Reid was never worried about Gruden sleuthing for inside information. "I trust him," Reid said Monday. "He wasn't going to do anything that I worried about. He wasn't going to sneak around or anything. That's not how he rolls."
Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon (MCL sprain) appears likely to miss a week or two, but his diagnosis is ultimately a positive for head coach Anthony Lynn. "It'll be a good break for Mel if he doesn't play and we'll have full confidence in those younger guys," Lynn said, referring to Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome. "... Austin was already plugged in at what we are doing right now, inside, outside, special plays. It won't change at all. Justin Jackson came in and I thought he ran well yesterday." Lynn called the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Ekeler -- who is second in the NFL with 5.84 yards per carry -- "our pound-for-pound strongest young man on the team," adding he has "no problem bouncing him in between the tackles."
Oakland Raiders: Starting two rookie offensive tackles and having given up 16 sacks in their previous three games, the Raiders kept Derek Carr mostly clean on Sunday until the floodgates opened in the final seven minutes against the Ravens. Matthew Judon beat right tackle Brandon Parker for sacks on three consecutive plays, the first of which was a strip-sack returned for a touchdown by Terrell Suggs. Head coach Jon Gruden stuck up for Parker, a third-round pick, on Monday. "I don't want to lose sight of all the very good things this young man has done," Gruden said. "Some of the difficult situations that we put him in early in his career. You just have to be mentally tough." Gruden also noted that veteran Donald Penn, who started four games before hitting injured reserve, could return before the end of the season.
--Field Level Media
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