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Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay

Running Back #23
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:5'7" / 185 lb.
Born:July 24, 1994
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Phillip Lindsay: Injures, scheme lead to down year

Lindsay finished the 2020 campaign with 502 yards and a touchdown on 118 carries. He added seven catches on 14 targets for 28 yards.

Analysis: So much for the one-two punch Denver had hoped to establish on the ground with Lindsay and free-agent addition Melvin Gordon.  The two each had 40 rushing yards in the same game just twice all season and Lindsay himself topped that total just four times all season. Part of that can be attributed to the host of toe, hip and knee injuries Lindsay suffered throughout the season, causing him to miss five games and be hampered during several others. There's also the question of Lindsay's fit within Pat Shurmur's offense, which does not feature many of the stretch plays that Lindsay has thrived on early in his career and relies on backs to be solid contributors in the passing game -- which is not Lindsay's strong suit. It'd be foolish for the Broncos not to tender Lindsay in the offseason given the spark he has provided the offense -- including in games against the Patriots, Chargers and Dolphins this season -- but he'll be heading into his potential final season in Denver having come off a career-worst year in which he rushed for half his previous career-low in yards and bottomed out in most other statistical categories.

January 12, 2021 7:23 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Shut down for season

The Broncos placed Lindsay (hip/knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: This week, Lindsay was tagged with the two body parts that have hindered his ability to play this season, and Denver now has decided to shut him down for the campaign. A restricted free agent in the offseason, the team may opt to let him walk after Melvin Gordon successfully led the backfield in his first campaign in the Mile High City. Whatever befalls Lindsay in a few months, he'll end his third years as a pro with 118 carries for 502 yards and one touchdown while gathering in seven of 14 passes for 28 more yards in 11 appearances.

December 26, 2020 11:22 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Won't play in Week 16

Lindsay (hip/knee) won't play Sunday against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: With Lindsay having been ruled out, added Week 16 carries are available for Melvin Gordon, with Royce Freeman (hip/questionable) a candidate for change-of-pace duty, assuming he's active for Sunday's contest.

December 25, 2020 1:15 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Iffy for Sunday

Lindsay (hip/knee) won't practice Thursday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio noted that with the team off for Christmas, "maybe" Lindsay will be able to practice Saturday before the team heads for Los Angeles. With that in mind, Legwold suggests that Lindsay will "have to improve significantly over next two days" in order to play Sunday against the Chargers. If Lindsay isn't able to suit up this weekend, added carries would be available for Melvin Gordon, along with Royce Freeman (hip), assuming he's active.

December 24, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Missing practice Wednesday

Lindsay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Royce Freeman (hip), leaving Melvin Gordon as the only running back on Denver's active roster who'll be able to practice Wednesday. Lindsay and Gordon continued to split backfield duties in the team's Week 15 loss to the Bills, with each player logging 11 carries in that contest.

December 23, 2020 10:12 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Endures inefficient Week 15 showing

Lindsay collected 38 yards on 11 carries, adding three receptions for seven yards during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Lindsay has yet to exceed 250 receiving yards in a professional season, and he's totaled only 28 yards as a pass catcher over 11 appearances in 2020. While passing-game upside was not being relied upon as his ticket to fantasy success in 2020, Lindsay's track record of incredible rushing efficiency was. The Colorado product averaged 4.9 yards per carry with 17 total touchdowns between 2018 and 2019, but he's managed a diminished 4.3 yards per attempt this season with just one TD. Over his past seven outings, Lindsay has exceeded 3.5 yards per rush only once.

December 19, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Active versus Bills

Lindsay (hip) is listed as active for Saturday afternoon's game against the Bills.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder). In last weekend's win over the Panthers, Lindsay carried 11 times for 24 yards and caught two passes for seven yards, while Gordon logged 13 carries for 68 yards and three catches for 23 yards. They should continue to work in a time-share Saturday, but it's one that's been tilted toward Gordon, as he's been more involved as a pass-catcher this season and has notched seven TDs (in 12 games) to Lindsay's one (through 10 contests).

December 19, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Looks set to face Bills

Lindsay (hip) is expected to suit up against the Bills on Saturday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: An official word on Lindsay's status will only have to wait until inactives are released prior to Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff, but it looks as though the third-year pro will take the field. Backfield mate Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is also expected to play, which should result in he and Lindsay handling their usual '1A/1B' split.

December 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Will be listed as questionable

Coach Vic Fangio said that both Lindsay (hip) and Melvin Gordon (shoulder) will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though the status of both backs should be monitored as Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff approaches, Mike Klis of 9News Denver previously relayed via Fangio that that the duo should be fine by game time. If that's indeed the case, Lindsay (who carried 11 times in Week 14) Gordon (who notched 13 carries) should continue to work in a fairly even time-share this weekend.

December 17, 2020 9:42 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Trending in right direction

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Lindsay (hip) will be limited in practice again but should be available for Saturday's game against the Bills, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Fangio said that both Lindsay and Melvin Gordon (shoulder) should be fine for Saturday, so it looks like the Broncos' usual backfield split will be deployed. Lindsay has handled more than 10 carries in three of the last four weeks, though he has yet to score or surpass 30 yards on the ground in that span.

December 16, 2020 9:39 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Limited on Tuesday's report

Lindsay (hip) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay has received double-digit touches in three of the last four contests, averaging 39.8 yards from scrimmage per game and scoring no TDs during that stretch. The potential may be there for more work Saturday against the Bills with Melvin Gordon estimated as a non-participant Tuesday due to the shoulder injury he suffered late in a Week 14 win at Carolina. Still, Lindsay has an injury of his own, so the health of both backs will need to be monitored as the weekend draws closer.

December 15, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Inefficient day against Panthers

Lindsay collected 24 yards over 11 carries, adding two receptions for seven yards during Sunday's 32-27 win at Carolina.

Analysis: Lindsay saw an uptick in usage towards the end of the contest while Melvin Gordon dealt with a shoulder injury, though the issue was never severe enough to lift Gordon from the lineup entirely. In what was a pristine matchup, taking on a Carolina defense that ranked sixth worst in the NFL entering Sunday with 4.6 yards per carry allowed to opposing backs, Lindsay managed a meager 2.2 YPC while offering minimal passing-game contributions. The one-time Pro Bowler has been struggling on the ground for more than a month, managing less than 2.9 yards per attempt over five of his past six appearances.

December 13, 2020 3:41 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Overshadowed in narrow loss

Lindsay (knee) ran the ball 14 times for 26 yards in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Lindsay was dealing with a banged up knee during practice this week, but his status for this contest was never really in grave danger. The 26-year-old may not have been at full strength based on his disappointing output. Melvin Gordon quintupled his backfield mate's output with nearly identical touches, which could have an immediate affect on the carry distribution heading into a very favorable matchup against Carolina's revolving door that is disguised as a run defense. If Lindsay can get more practices in this week, perhaps he can take advantage of the scenario, as he will likely still see double-digit touches as a part of this backfield duo in Denver.

December 6, 2020 11:02 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Suiting up Week 13

Lindsay (knee) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against Kansas City, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay thus is in line to share backfield work Sunday with Melvin Gordon, with Royce Freeman also on hand. While Lindsay's fantasy upside is hampered by his minimal involvement in Denver's passing game, the Week 13 prospects of all of the team's skill players should be brightened by the return to action of starting signal-caller Drew Lock. In last Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints, the team's offense was hampered by a series of events that led to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton being pressed into action as the team's QB.

December 6, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: On track to play Sunday

Lindsay (knee) is expected to play Sunday night against Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The running back didn't practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and then was listed as a full practice participant Friday. Assuming Lindsay is made active for Sunday night's 8:20 ET kickoff, he'll be in line to share backfield work with Melvin Gordon, with Royce Freeman also on hand.

December 6, 2020 4:43 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Status in question for Week 13

Lindsay (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay got in some practice reps both Thursday and Friday, but the activity wasn't enough to clear him for Week 13 action. Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that he expects Lindsay to suit up this weekend, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. If he does, Fangio is of the belief Lindsay "won't be limited much," which is a good sign that he'll continue his timeshare with Melvin Gordon. In seven games working with Gordon, Lindsay has 61 touches for 325 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown.

December 4, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Gets in another practice

Lindsay (knee) participated in practice Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: After the Broncos held him out Wednesday, Lindsay will have logged back-to-back practices to end the week of prep. Whether or not he put in a full session Friday, the Broncos may clarify his availability for Sunday's game in Kansas City upon the release of the final Week 13 injury report.

December 4, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Returns to practice

Lindsay (knee) will return to a limited practice Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Lindsay didn't practice Wednesday, but his return to practice Thursday aligns with the team's previously-noted optimism with regard to the running back's availability for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs. Look for Friday's final injury report of the week to provide added clarity on that front.

December 3, 2020 9:23 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Set to miss practice Wednesday

Lindsay (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Per Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post, the Broncos are optimistic that Lindsay will be able to play Sunday night against the Chiefs, a game in which the team is in line to run a far more normal offense following the unique circumstances surrounding Denver's Week 12 loss to the Saints.

December 2, 2020 9:29 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Injury considered minor

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Lindsay has a "minor" knee injury and could play Week 13, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Lindsay was forced out of last weekend's blowout loss to the Saints after handling just nine carries for 22 yards, but it sounds as though he could be healthy enough to play by the time the Broncos travel to Kansas City on Sunday. If he can retake the field without missing any more time, Lindsay will resume operating as part of a backfield tandem alongside Melvin Gordon.

November 30, 2020 11:22 AM EST

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