Broncos waive veteran running back Melvin Gordon after costly fumble
Melvin Gordon III The fifth fumble of the season on Sunday turned out to be the most costly yet.
The Denver Broncos announced on Monday that they waived the veteran running back just a day after he struggled to secure the ball at the Raiders 2-yard line in the first half of Sunday’s overtime loss to Las Vegas.
“He’s a real pro. He’s done a lot of good things here with the Denver Broncos and scored touchdowns for us this year, and we thought that was better for the team, and we moved on, and I wished him the best of luck,” the head coach said. Nathaniel Hackett on Monday.
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“I think it’s good for him to have a fresh start.”
Gordon got the first down just before halftime, but Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby knocked the ball off his arms near the goal line. The ensuing field goal attempt was then rebuffed by Crosby.
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“I was fed up, obviously,” Gordon said after the game, through ESPN. “I kind of know what comes after that at this point. I shot myself in the foot. I’m a little salty because I felt it [Sunday]. It happened and I kind of knew I was going to have to find a way to get back into it. I knew it was going to be tough. I tried to splash here and there after that, but my share of opportunities kind of went down after that, so it’s my fault.”
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Gordon had two touchdown points this season to go with five fumbles, two of which he lost. That gave him 26 career fumbles, 18 of which were recovered by opponents. No one in the NFL has more fumbles or lost fumbles than Gordon over the past decade.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.