Chargers confident in Melvin Gordon’s return from microfracture surgery

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We learned this week that the knee surgery Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had after the end of the season was a microfracture procedure, which generates thoughts of lengthy rehab time and diminished output on the field.

Gordon is working out on the field now, though, and he’s confident he’ll be fine for the start of training camp this summer. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco feels the same way. The Chargers didn’t sign or draft any tailbacks while Gordon was recovering from surgery this offseason and Telesco said they stood pat because they aren’t worried that Gordon will be good to go.

“I think so,” Telesco said, via ESPN.com. “Every knee injury is unique to the player. But I think with microfracture surgery there are two key elements to it — the size of the treatment area and the location of it — and both with Melvin were favorable. He’s on track with everything. He’s been on the field working. We’ll continue to monitor him throughout the offseason, but everything is on track with training camp right now.”

Telesco made that call as well as one acknowledging how much better the team’s ground game needs to be in 2016. The recent addition of Matt Slauson on the offensive line is a step toward getting those results, albeit one that’s less likely to succeed if the confidence in Gordon turns out to be unfounded.