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Melvin Gordon says he's healthy, ready to play vs. Cardinals

SAN DIEGO – A day after missing practice due to a minor ankle injury, Melvin Gordon participated fully in Thursday’s practice for the San Diego Chargers, including team drills.

The rookie running back did not show any signs of favoring his injured leg and says he’s healthy enough to play if his name is called when the Chargers travel to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Cardinals in San Diego’s second preseason game.

“Yeah, that’s how it’s looking,” Gordon said, when asked if he will play against the Cardinals.

Gordon sustained the injury during practice in training camp. Gordon said it was important to practice on Thursday to see if he was healthy enough to play in Arizona over the weekend.

Gordon wants to improve on his six-carry, 11-yard rushing effort against the Dallas Cowboys in the exhibition opener.

“I just want to go out there and be sharp,” Gordon said. “That’s the whole thing about training camp, to go out there and be clean in everything you do.”

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said he hasn’t made a decision about whether the team’s first-round selection in this year’s draft will play against the Cardinals.

“We’re looking at everybody, every day, and how they’re going to be,” McCoy said. “We’ll talk as a staff tomorrow afternoon after practice about how we’re going to do things. We have a general idea of what we’re going to do. But we’ll have a better idea tomorrow morning, and we’ll see what we want to do come Saturday night.”