Melvin Gordon won't play against the Patriots. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon won’t be on the field when the Broncos take on the Patriots Sunday. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports that the running back did not travel to New England due to an illness.

The reporter later clarified that Gordon had been diagnosed with strep throat. Considering the bacterial infection can be contagious, the Broncos decided to be cautious and leave Gordon in Denver. Earlier Saturday morning, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported that the running back had come down with a non-coronavirus illness, noting that the training staff had taken extra precautions to guarantee he wasn’t dealing with COVID-19.

It hasn’t been the best week for Gordon. On Tuesday night, the 27-year-old was cited for driving under the influence. The police report stated that Gordon was found to be intoxicated after he was pulled over for speeding. The DUI citation could subject him to league discipline, including a possible suspension.

After three relatively underwhelming performances to begin his Broncos tenure, Gordon had a big game earlier this month against the Jets, rushing for 107 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Following a five-year stint with the Chargers that saw him earn a pair of Pro Bowl nods, Gordon inked a two-year, $16M deal with Denver this past offseason.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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