Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon is dealing with a minor groin injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio. Gordon is not expected to miss much time, but his status as Denver’s top running back could be in question.
The Broncos drafted North Carolina running back Javonte Williams in the second round after losing Phillip Lindsay in free agency. Williams is expected to compete with Gordon for the starting role and will now have a clear path to carries with the incumbent sidelined.
Gordon is in the final year of his contract with the Broncos. Last season, he rushed for 986 yards in 15 games and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. The running back had nine rushing touchdowns and one receiving score. However, he did have some injury problems and only started 10 games.
The Broncos probably initially brought in Williams to back up Gordon this season and take over next year but the latter’s injury could speed up that timetable. For now, look for Williams’ stock to take a big jump.