After rejoining the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, running back Melvin Gordon addressed the media at his locker for the first time Friday on how good it feels to be back with his teammates.
"It feels good," said Gordon "I missed the guys, (I've) been away from them for a while. We're all like brothers so… it's all love man. The guys missed me, and it was all the same like I never left."
For Gordon, one of the most exciting parts of his return is being back with teammates such as defensive end Melvin Ingram, who yelled over to Gordon during his interview.
"You want something from the store, bro?" Ingram shouted.
"Yeah bro!" Gordon replied.
"Alright, because the way (the media's) surrounding you, you aren't able to (move)!" Ingram said.
"Yeah, you see how he's acting?" Gordon said, laughing. "You have guys like that making you feel right at home."
As happy as Gordon is to be back, his teammates were equally as excited for his return as well.
"We've got a little swag back in the room," said running back Austin Ekeler. "He's got that (swag) factor to him. Good to see Mel (Melvin Gordon) back in the office. We got one of our playmakers back on the team."
So now that Gordon's back, what will his role be? On Thursday, head coach Anthony Lynn discussed the short- and long-term goals for him on the field.
"He's our starter," Lynn said. "He's a starter for a reason. I like the way that Austin (Ekeler) and JJ (Justin Jackson) have been working. They have done a heck of a job. They have both proven that they can play in this league. They will still have a major role in our offense, don't get me wrong, but as soon as Melvin is ready, he will go back. He will go back to number one."
With Jackson not playing this Sunday against the Dolphins, Lynn mentioned that Gordon will travel with the team and that it's "possible" he will play.
When asked if Gordon will be ready for Sunday, Lynn mentioned they "tried to put him through the gauntlet in practice to simulate hitting."
Ask Gordon, and he said he'll be ready if his number is called.
"I'm good man… I've been grinding," Gordon said. "I haven't been sitting around coming in overweight or anything like that… There will be some adjustments in getting back into game shape, but I think I'll be alright."
Gordon and his teammates will travel to Miami to face off against the Dolphins on Sunday. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. on CBS.