Charg­ers’ Gor­don will end hold­out

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Melvin Gor­don will end his hold­out and re­port to the Charg­ers on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The two-time Pro Bowl run­ning back was slated to make $5.6 mil­lion on the fifth-year op­tion of his rookie con­tract. That amount de­creases by ap­prox­i­mately $329,412 for each game he misses. Gor­don is also sub­ject to fines of up to $40,000 un­der the col­lec­tive-bar­gain­ing agree­ment for each day he missed train­ing camp.

GM Tom Te­le­sco sus­pended con­tract talks with Gor­don’s agents un­til af­ter the sea­son. Gor­don was seek­ing an ex­ten­sion of $13 mil­lion to $14.4 mil­lion per sea­son, which was equiv­a­lent to deals signed by Todd Gur­ley, David John­son and Le’Veon Bell. The Charg­ers of­fered around $10 mil­lion per year.

Play­ers must be on the ros­ter for six or more reg­u­lar-sea­son games to ac­crue a sea­son to­ward free agency, mean­ing Gor­don would have to re­port by the Nov. 16 game against the Chiefs in Mex­ico City.

Gor­don, 26, has gained over 1,200 yards from scrim­mage and scored 10 or more TDs in three straight sea­sons, but the Charg­ers of­fense hasn’t sput­tered in his ab­sence. Austin Ekeler leads AFC run­ning backs in yards from scrim­mage and Justin Jack­son is av­er­ag­ing 7.9 yards per carry.

ESPN re­ported that Gor­don ex­pects this to be his fi­nal year with the Charg­ers.

Ram­sey leaves for birth: Dis­grun­tled CB Jalen Ram­sey left the Jaguars to be with his fam­ily for the birth of his sec­ond child. The ab­sence was ap­proved by the team.

Ram­sey missed prac­tice be­cause of an ap­par­ent back in­jury that coach Doug Mar­rone said he knew noth­ing about un­til ear­lier in the day.

But Ram­sey’s agent, David Mu­lugheta, told NFL Net­work that Ram­sey re­ported back and an­kle is­sues dur­ing last Thurs­day’s game against the Ti­tans, and he met with team train­ers Fri­day.

Ram­sey also missed prac­tice Mon­day be­cause of an ill­ness, fu­el­ing spec­u­la­tion that he was mak­ing up rea­sons to skip. That came a lit­tle more than a week af­ter he called his agent and said “my time is up here in Jack­sonville.”

Brady’s age lim­it­ing: Pa­tri­ots QB Tom Brady was limited in three of the last four prac­tices, and cited his age as part of the rea­son why.

“Foot­ball is a con­tact sport. I wouldn’t say I’m a spring chicken any­more,” the 42-year-old Brady said with a smile. “I’m try­ing to just feel as great as I can and we’ll see how it goes to­mor­row. I feel pretty good.”

Brady’s limited prac­tice load seems to be part of the “ros­ter man­age­ment” coach Bill Belichick ref­er­enced in re­gard to the team sign­ing freeagent QB Cody Kessler.

Steel­ers ac­quire tight end: The Steel­ers ac­quired tight end Nick Van­nett from the Sea­hawks for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

Van­nett, 26, has 48 catches for 463 yards and four TDs in four sea­sons.

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

RB Melvin Gor­don re­port­edly will re­turn to the Charg­ers on Thurs­day.

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