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This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Melvin Gordon

The Chargers running back will miss at least one week after suffering a knee injury during the team's blowout win over the Cardinals. The injury is being reported as a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain.

The injury may sound familiar to fantasy owners, as this is the exact injury sustained by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers earlier this season. While Rodgers was able to avoid missing any time, it does not seem that Gordon will be quite as lucky.

The MCL is located on the inner aspect of the knee and provides stability to the knee joint during lateral or side-to-side movements. The Grade 2 classification, more commonly known as a partial tear, means Gordon's sprain is a more moderate injury and involved damage to specific fibers of the ligament. As a result, the overall integrity is compromised, especially during motions that stress the area, like making a hard cut. Fortunately, mild to moderate MCL sprains can heal without surgical intervention, especially if the medial meniscus remains intact.

Gordon does have a history of knee problems, having previously undergone surgery for a meniscus tear. Fortunately, that issue involved the opposite knee and shouldn't factor into his current recovery. I suspect Gordon misses at least two weeks, and it wouldn't be surprising to see that extend to three weeks. As a result, fantasy owners invested in Gordon should make sure they roster a suitable replacement should his absence extend into the fantasy postseason. Austin Ekeler becomes a

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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