Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon and tight end Noah Fant will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
Gordon missed practice on Friday with an illness that coach Vic Fangio said wasn’t COVID-19. News9 Denver said Gordon had been diagnosed with strep throat.
Fant was limited in practice throughout the week with a lingering ankle injury.
Wide receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (quad) were previously ruled out. Quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) and nose tackle Mike Purcell (knee) are questionable.
Gordon returned to practice Thursday after his arrest for DUI earlier in the week.
Gordon was charged late Tuesday night with driving under the influence and speeding in downtown Denver. He allegedly was driving 71 mph in 35 a mph zone, according to a police report obtained by 9News Denver.
He is scheduled for a Nov. 13 court date, per court records.
Gordon, 27, could be in line for a three-game suspension from the NFL for the arrest. Gordon also could lose his guaranteed money for 2021, 9News reported, citing language in Gordon’s contract.
Signed to a two-year, $16 million deal this offseason, Gordon leads the Broncos in carries (65), yards rushing (281) and rushing touchdowns (three). The two-time Pro Bowl selection also has 11 catches for 45 yards and a score.
Gordon has rushed for 4,521 yards and 39 touchdowns and added 235 catches for 1,918 yards with 12 scores in 71 career games with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2015-19) and Broncos.
Fant, 22, was the No. 20 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 20 career games, he has 59 catches for 781 yards and five touchdowns.