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Melvin Gordon on playing vs. Chiefs: 'My expectation is to get out there.'

Melvin Gordon has broken out in his second season in the NFL. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

SAN DIEGO -- Melvin Gordon plans on making the decision regarding his availability on Sunday a tough one for the San Diego Chargers.

"My expectation is to get out there, so that's what we're aiming for right now," Gordon said.

The Wisconsin product missed the past two games with a strained hip and sprained left knee. Gordon wore a helmet and bulky brace on his left knee on Tuesday as he worked with trainers on the field during the early portion of practice.

The Chargers are not required to release an injury report updating Gordon's status until Wednesday.

Gordon is three yards shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career, and wants to reach the milestone badly.

However, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team will make sure Gordon is fully healthy before putting him out on the field and risking a more significant injury heading into the offseason.

"What's really impressive right now is how hard he's worked to get to where he is today," McCoy said. "He's got a couple more days before we have to make a decision, but I'm very proud of the way he's approached this.

"He just wants to get out there any way he can to help this team."

The Chargers have Ronnie Hillman and Andre Williams on the active roster at running back, and recent addition Gus Johnson also available on the practice squad. Fullback Derek Watt also can play in a limited role at tailback in a pinch.

However, San Diego's offense would receive a major boost if Gordon can get back on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

"I'm close," Gordon said. "Like I said, I’m making strides. It will probably be a game-day decision, or whatever the case may be, but I've been getting after it pretty hard. I'm definitely headed in the right direction."

Gordon said it's his first time running with a brace and that it restricts his movement, so he has to get used to it. Gordon also said the decision on whether he plays will be made by him and the coaching staff.

"When it's time to make a decision, I'll know how I feel," Gordon said. "I'll know if I can make the cuts and do what I need to do to be out there. Right now I feel like I'm doing well and I'm where I need to be right now. It's only Tuesday. And we're going to see where I'm at in a couple days."