Chargers running back Melvin Gordon returned to practice Monday, one day after not working.
But Gordon stressed he isn't hurt.
"Just to get myself back right," he said of his respite.
"It's been good going with the pads," he said. "This is real football, this is the game of football in the NFL. You get some time with the offensive lineman, get in sync. This is what training camp is for."
The Chargers moved up to draft Gordon, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and secure the physical presence his game brings. Gordon didn't shy away from contact Monday, with numerous Chargers taking their best shot.
The story said Gordon, the Chargers' first-round draft pick, didn't look compromised in a run-heavy training camp session. He hit the hole with authority, danced around would-be tacklers and looked every bit the star he was at Wisconsin. It was third consecutive day in pads for the Chargers. Gordon is expected to get a big workload this year for the Chargers and is ranked 17th among our RBs, the highest among rookies.