Melvin Gordon’s rookie season was far from ideal. Just 641 yards at an average of 3.5 yards per carry is not the return the San Diego Chargers were expecting from their first round pick. As if to make matters worse Gordon underwent knee surgery in January. While he said last week that he was doing well and his recovery was ahead of schedule the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that the surgery performed on Gordon was actually the dreaded Microfracture surgery. If you’re wondering why that term sounds familiar it’s because the looming spectre of microfracture surgery as some point in the future is what lead to Myles Jack sliding out of the first round in last month’s NFL Draft. The surgery involves drilling small holes into the bone at the bottom of the knee joint to allow a clot to form and help repair cartilage. It’s a surgery, that while not career-threatening, can be career altering. Basketball players have never been the same after having it, it took Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce over 2 years to return to normalcy for it – and tight ends not make nearly as many sharp cuts and quick bursts as a running back. Gordon has stated he expects to be fully healthy for training camp: “No question, I’ll definitely be ready for training camp, I’m not even worried about that.” “I’m getting better, I’m not where I want to be right now, but I think I’m ahead of schedule. I’m sprinting pretty good, cutting. I try to do a little more every day. The trainers kind of push me to do a little bit more every day, so I can be ready.” Given the panic about Myles Jack it wouldn’t be surprising if San Diego explored a plan B option in case Gordon has a set back or his performance is affected by the surgery for longer than they considered.