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Inside the most important offseason training of Melvin Gordon’s career

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When the trainer told Melvin Gordon his legs were two different sizes, he wasn’t surprised. Gordon had felt off, imbalanced, for a few years. As a rookie in 2015, he tore the meniscus in his left knee, and the next year he sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in the same knee. Last season, he bruised the bone. Gordon fought through the pain, playing all 16 games and topping 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

But a few months later, Adam Boily noticed the near-imperceptible side effects of Gordon’s grit the moment he walked into The System8 gym in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The average eye is not going to pick up on [the leg imbalance],” Boily said. “It’s not like one’s humongous and one’s little. But biomechanically?” He exhaled. “Oh, you can tell.”

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