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Chargers' Melvin Gordon not expected to play Saturday

The San Diego Chargers aren't taking any chances with running back Melvin Gordon.

NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Friday that Gordon, who is nursing a minor ankle issue, is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals, according to a source informed of the situation.

Gordon was back on the practice field on Thursday, taking part in both individual and team drills, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. His presence at practice strongly suggests Gordon would be on the field if these were games that count.

"We're going to look at what's the best interest of some players," coach Mike McCoy said. "We'll hold some guys out that normally would play. But that's my job and the staff's job. ... We're looking to get all 53 healthy for the opener. That's the big picture."

Protecting Gordon is the smart play, but there's no denying the first-round pick could use some more work before the start of the regular season. Gordon struggled in San Diego's preseason opener, and later admitted he needed to be a more "decisive" runner.

Gordon won't get the chance to improve his approach this weekend, but his time will come.

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