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Broncos Announce Official Decision on Running Back Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Two days after he hardly played against the Los Angeles Chargers and expressed frustration about his role, Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon is suddenly the team's starter again.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Gordon will start when the team hosts the New Your Jets on Sunday.

"#Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett says he had a 'great talk' with RB Melvin Gordon and he will start this week vs. the Jets." -- Ari Meirov

Gordon has seemingly yo-yoed in and out of the coaches' doghouse all season.

After the Broncos lost Javonte Williams for the season to a knee injury, Gordon started each of the team's past two games. But during a loss to the Chargers on Monday night, he carried the ball just three times for eight yards and didn't play during the second half, instead watching recent signee Latavius Murray lead the backfield.

Gordon's frustration was visible during the game, and afterward, he told a reporter "I felt like I could've helped make a difference, but apparently not."

Hackett said Tuesday that he and Gordon would "have a conversation" about his playing time. Apparently, that conversation went well and Gordon is back in his good graces.

Gordon has averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the season, the lowest mark among Broncos' running backs, and has fumbled four times this season. Murray and Mike Boone will likely continue to factor into the backfield, as well.