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Melvin Gordon expected to play vs. the Lions in Week 14, officially questionable

We break down the news that Broncos RB Melvin Gordon believe he will play this week.

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Head coach Vic Fangio believes Gordon will play Sunday against the Lions, reiterating what the running back said Thursday. Gordon is officially questionable but seems set to take the field.

Thursday update: Gordon told reporters on Thursday that he was close to returning last week and that he feels like he will be able to go this week. Javonte Williams was outstanding as the lead back, but Gordon and Williams will likely split the work once again.

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that running back Melvin Gordon will practice today, per Zac Stevens. Gordon did not practice at all last week as he did not play in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy football implications

It is good news to hear Gordon will be practicing today after missing last week’s game with a hip injury. Before being sidelined by the hip, Gordon had 17 carries for 83 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Last week against Kansas City, the Broncos’ running game did not skip a beat with rookie Javonte Williams. Williams had a career-high 23 carries for 102 yards and with six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He played like a fantasy football RB1 and scored 23.8 fantasy points (season-high). The running back duo will now be going up against the Detroit Lions, who’ve allowed 131.1 rushing yards per game.