NFL news and notes: Melvin Gordon back with Chargers; Saquon Barkley avoids surgery

first_imgThree things that matterMelvin Gordon ends holdout, reports to ChargersThe star rusher reportedly wasn’t left with much choice after the Chargers declined to make a trade a “viable option” even though he was open to being sent to the Texans in early discussions. For Gordon to be allowed to play this season and qualify for free agency in 2020, he had to report to the Chargers by Week 10 in November. He’s also racked up $1.2 million in fines during his absence and will also forfeit nearly $1 million in base salary.But the Chargers dropped their second straight game Sunday and managed just 73 rushing yards in the loss to Houston to fall to 12th in the NFL in net rushing yards, so there’s a mutual need for the two sides to work together at least for the remainder of the season.Saquon Barkley won’t need surgeryThe running back will avoid going under the knife after getting a second opinion for his sprained ankle and Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed the team won’t place him on injured reserve. Barkley is expected to continue rehabbing and reportedly miss the next four to six weeks, though the team isn’t willing to put a timeline on his return just yet. “Rehab him and get him ready to go,” Shurmur told reporters. “See how that plays out.”Drew Brees hoping to return soonerThe Saints quarterback revealed his surgeons installed “a little piece of tape that they put on top of the ligament repair” during his procedure last week with the hope it could speed up his recovery from thumb surgery.”As far as the timetable for getting back though, they say six-to-eight weeks. I think I can beat that, but I’m just gonna take it one week at a time and see how things go,” Brees said on WWL Radio in New Orleans.Brees was expected to be back for the team’s Nov. 10 game against the Falcons, which is after the team’s Week 9 bye, but is hoping to play against the Cardinals in Week 8.Two things that don’t matterAntonio Brown might not be done with NFLThe receiver appears to be backtracking on his comments after he was cut by the Patriots.I’m still the best why stop now— AB (@AB84) September 26, 2019Brown’s tweet comes less than a day after his agent Drew Rosenhaus claimed his client still “wants to continue his career in the NFL.” But before he can play, Brown will first need to address the allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and rape made against him, which he continues to deny. NFL drops 18-game schedule proposalInstead, the league will shift its focus to a 17-game slate for the regular season. Owners reportedly were informed of the change this week at committee meetings in Houston after there wasn’t enough support for the full extension. Injuries aren’t the only headlines dominating NFL news heading into Week 4.From Melvin Gordon’s return to Antonio Brown’s continued drama following his NFL exit, we run through all that is happening around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes. The discussions come as NFL personnel and executives alike look to minimize or eliminate the preseason schedule. However, negotiations between the NFLPA and NFL aren’t expected to resume until later this year or early in 2020.One video you have to seeKeenan Allen was fired up to have his teammate back in the locker room.Melvin Gordon is back for the Chargers and @Keenan13Allen is HYPED 😂— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2019Thursday’s tweet of the dayThe stage is set for the Super Bowl 54 halftime show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, and it’s going to be a lively one.Two 👑 👑 First time together on stage…on the world’s biggest stage. Welcome @JLo and @shakira to #PepsiHalftime #SBLIV @RocNation @NFL— Pepsi (@pepsi) September 26, 2019last_img