Sources: Broncos RB Gordon (illness) out vs. Pats

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III will remain in Denver as the team is scheduled to travel for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, sources told ESPN.

Gordon is being treated for strep throat by the team’s medical staff, sources confirmed to ESPN, and did not participate in the team’s Saturday morning walk-through. Gordon will not travel with the team later Saturday and will not play in Sunday’s scheduled game, per sources.


Gordon did not practice Friday because of the illness and was sent home from the team’s facility as the team’s doctors initially tried to determine if his symptoms were COVID-19 related.

After Friday’s practice, Broncos coach Vic Fangio was quick to say Gordon’s illness was “[an] illness totally unrelated with COVID.”

Gordon currently leads the team in carries (65), rushing yards (281) and rushing touchdowns (3). His illness comes in a week when he still could face team discipline in the weeks ahead, as well as up to a three-game suspension from the league, for his DUI arrest late Tuesday night.

Gordon was cited for both DUI and speeding — police documents show Gordon was clocked at 71 mph in a 35 mph zone — late Tuesday night in downtown Denver. Gordon then did not practice Wednesday following the arrest, practiced Thursday, but did not practice Friday when he became ill.

Gordon signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Broncos this past offseason and had

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