A day and a half after the Wisconsin Badgers lost to the LSU Tigers 28-24, we finally have an answer as to why star running back Melvin Gordon was very limited in the second half of the game.
In a press conference held Monday in Madison, Badgers head coach Gary Andersen told the media Gordon was slowed down by a hip flexor. It apparently happened on Gordon’s last run before halftime and the reason why he was caught from behind on his 63 yard run to open the second half that led to a Corey Clement touchdown.
This would also explain as to why we saw a heavy dose of Clement and Gordon was left on the sidelines.
GA on Gordon: “Melvin had a bit of a hip flexor. We were trying to be smart with him as the rest of the game went on” #Badgers
— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) September 1, 2014
Gordon still claims he was not hurt that badly and said he felt good on that long run.
Melvin Gordon: My hip injury happened on my last run before halftime. I was ready to go, but they were looking out for what’s best for me. — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) September 1, 2014
But the Heisman Trophy hopeful knows that he should have been more vocal and told the coaches he wanted back in the game.
Gordon: “I should have let them know, let coach A know and stepped up and told them, look I need to be in there… I put that on myself.”
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 1, 2014
All systems are a go for Gordon in this weekend’s home opener against Western Illinois.
Melvin Gordon: “I’m healthy and I’m ready to roll for Saturday.” — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) September 1, 2014
Personally I don’t recall seeing Gordon get hurt or ESPN mentioning that he was hurt other than the fact they speculated that was the reason as to why he was not in there. Regarding his long run, I’m not sure it was the hip flexor that slowed him down. He looked good on the run and seemed fine. I just figured it was a long run, he’s been running hard all game and the player who ran him down had the fresher legs at that point.
As long as Andersen and staff believe that Gordon is 100 percent, I would have no worries. And if things go as they should, I don’t expect to see much of the starters on Saturday.