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Melvin Gordon: No excuse for fumbling

Mike Florio and Myles Simmons pick the biggest storylines from an action=packed Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season, and wonder if it's Sam Darnold's turn to play in Carolina.

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon’s issues hanging onto the football continued to be a problem on Sunday.

Gordon fumbled for the fourth time this season in the second quarter of Denver’s game against the Raiders and Amik Robertson returned it for a touchdown that wound up looming large in a game the Broncos lost 32-23. Gordon also fumbled in the season finale last year and he said after Sunday’s loss that there’s “no excuse” for his inability to secure the football.

“My job is to go out there and make plays, hold onto the ball and to help put this team in the best position to win. I didn’t do that today. But I’ll be all right,” Gordon said, via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

Diminishing Gordon’s role in the offense until he shows he’s able to avoid coughing the ball up might not be an option for the Broncos. Javonte Williams was carted off with a potentially serious knee injury on Sunday and any absence would leave Gordon as the top back on the depth chart in Denver.