The Facts: GM Tom Telesco knows he's not likely to see Gordon anytime soon as the RB sits poised to hold out into the regular season. "I'm disappointed it has lasted this long. I pride myself in having solutions to problems, and I haven't solved this one yet," Telesco said. "We know what he means to our team, and even bigger than that what he means to our organization. But the other side is we have a big game coming up this week with the Colts, and I'm confident in the players that we have on the field right now will play well."
Diehards Line: According to NFL.com, one thing Telesco could do to solve the problem is to move off the $10 million-per-year offer he's given Gordon. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported that the Chargers aren't willing to go higher than that for a running back, and Gordon believes he's worth more. Hence the holdout Telesco can't seem to solve. ... With the 2019 campaign quickly approaching, Gordon looks likely to miss a chunk of games. He must report by Week 10 in order to get credit toward free agency or his $5.6 million contract will toll to next season. Unless Telesco finds some creative way to get Gordon back that doesn't include bowing to contract demands, it seems the Chargers will press forward to Week 1 with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson taking the snaps in the backfield.