Phillip Lindsay

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #23
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #23

Phillip Lindsay News

Cut from practice squad

The Colts released Lindsay from the practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Lindsay was activated from the practice squad Week 9 versus New England, but Indianapolis' new coaching staff has already decided to part ways with the veteran running back in favor of Jake Funk. Now, Lindsay will likely have to search for a practice squad opportunity elsewhere in the league.

Nov 10, 2022 7:36 AM EST

Returns to practice squad

Lindsay reverted to the Colts' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official trans action log.

Analysis: Lindsay received the promotion with Jonathan Taylor (ankle) out Sunday against the Patriots. The veteran running back saw nine plays on offense, getting one carry for two yards, and he was unable to catch his only target. If Taylor is unable to suit up Week 10 against the Raiders, Lindsay could receive another chance with the active roster.

Nov 7, 2022 3:56 PM EST

Bumped up to active roster

Lindsay was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This was predictable after the Colts announced Friday Jonathan Taylor (ankle) would not play. Lindsay tallied 14 carries for 47 yards to go along with six catches for 19 yards in the two games Taylor missed earlier this season, but that came before the emergence of Deon Jackson, who is slated to start Sunday's game, and the arrival of former Bills running back Zack Moss, who could be a candidate for carries if he's able to get a grapple on the playbook.

Nov 5, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Likely to be elevated again

Lindsay's likely to be called up from the Colts' practice squad for Sunday's game against the Patriots with Jonathan Taylor (ankle) ruled out, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Lindsay racked up 14 carries and six catches in two previous appearances for Indianapolis while working behind Deon Jackson with Taylor sidelined. He's likely to slide into the No. 2 role behind Jackson once again in Week 9, as recent trade acquisition Zack Moss is unlikely to see significant playing time so soon after being brought in.

Nov 4, 2022 10:48 AM EST

Moves back to practice squad

Lindsay reverted to the Colts' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Lindsay was elevated for the second game in a row, as top running backs Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Nyheim Hines (concussion) sat out during Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars. Lindsay recorded three carries for seven yards and caught all three of his targets for another five yards. He also converted a two-point conversion on a late rush, and he wound up playing 27 of Indianapolis' 81 offensive snaps behind Deon Jackson (quad). Lindsay will now be eligible for just one more elevation from the Colts' practice squad before requiring a full roster spot in order to continue suiting up this season.

Oct 17, 2022 10:17 PM EST

Modest showing in win

Lindsay rushed three times for seven yards and secured all three targets for five yards in the Colts' 34-27 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also recorded a two-point conversion run.

Analysis: Deon Jackson exited late in the game with a quad injury perAndrew Walker of the team's official site, and Lindsay therefore got the call on a key two-point conversion run with 17 seconds remaining following Alec Pierce's game-winning 32-yard touchdown grab. The veteran has been elevated from the practice squad for the last pair of contests due to Jonathan Taylor's (ankle) absence, and if Jackson's injury lingers, Lindsay could garner active status yet again in a Week 7 road divisional clash with the Titans even if Taylor is active for the contest.

Oct 16, 2022 4:40 PM EST

Rejoins active roster

Indianapolis elevated Lindsay from the practice squad to its active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game versus Jacksonville.

Analysis: It will be the second consecutive week Lindsay is active for the Colts after he accumulated 54 scrimmage yards on 14 touches in Week 5. After Sunday's game versus the Jaguars, he will only be eligible for one more elevation from the practice squad before he would have to be signed to the team's active roster in order to suit up.

Oct 15, 2022 12:24 PM EST

Not present Wednesday

Lindsay (undisclosed) was not present during Wednesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 1075 The Fan reports.

Analysis: With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) sidelined, Lindsay was elevated from the practice squad for Week 5 and immediately saw an expanded role after Nyheim Hines (concussion) left the game following the Colts' first possession. It's unclear why Lindsay missed practice, but his absence is concerning given Taylor was held out of practice as well and Hines was limited to non-contact drills, leaving Deon Jackson and D'Vonte Price, who's on the team's practice squad, as the only healthy running backs participating Wednesday. More clarity on the Colts' backfield will come following Thursday and Friday's practices.

Oct 12, 2022 12:27 PM EST

Back to practice squad

Lindsay reverted to the Colts' practice squad Friday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) out, Lindsay was elevated to the active roster ahead of Thursday's contest, but the ladder immediately saw an expanded role after Nyheim Hines (concussion) had to leave the game following the Colts' first offensive drive. Lindsay played 30 of the team's 79 offensive snaps, finishing second behind Deon Jackson's 46, and finished with 14 touches for 54 yards. If Taylor remains sidelined for Week 6, expect Lindsay and Jackson to continue garnering major roles for Indianapolis' offense.

Oct 7, 2022 3:56 PM EST

Solid showing in season debut

Lindsay rushed 11 times for 40 yards and secured three of four targets for 14 yards in the Colts' 12-9 overtime win over the Broncos on Thursday night.

Analysis: Called up from the practice squad earlier in the day, Lindsay did a serviceable job in tandem with Deon Jackson to help make up for the absence of Jonathan Taylor (ankle). The veteran got off to a fast start against his original squad before losing some of his efficiency on his later carries, but if Taylor can't suit up for a Week 6 home matchup against the Jaguars a week from Sunday, it's conceivable Lindsay sees another elevation to the active roster.

Oct 6, 2022 9:47 PM EST

Officially elevated to roster

The Colts elevated Lindsay from their practice squad to the 53-man roster ahead of Thursday's game against the Broncos, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay will be making his Colts debut in his old stomping grounds in Denver, where he spent the first three seasons of his career after joining the Broncos in 2018 as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-8 back averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his time in Denver, but he's struggled to stick on an NFL roster since the 2021 campaign, bouncing around between the Texans, Dolphins and Colts organizations while managing only 2.8 yards per tote. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, the Colts are likely to deploy Lindsay as part of a timeshare with Nyheim Hines in Week 5, while Indianapolis is without workhorse back Jonathan Taylor. Expect Lindsay to get most of his usage in early-down or short-yardage/goal-line situations, while Hines should serve as the top change-of-pace option while also absorbing some of Taylor's vacated workload on the ground.

Oct 6, 2022 11:26 AM EST

Will join Indy for Week 5

The Colts plan to elevate Lindsay from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's game in Denver, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Indianapolis will make the transaction official later Thursday, allowing Lindsay to make his 2022 debut later in the night against one of his former teams. Since clearing 1,000 yards rushing in both of his first two seasons in the league with Denver, Lindsay has seen his effectiveness wane over the subsequent two years while bouncing around between the Broncos, Texans and Dolphins. Lindsay had been previously cut by the Colts following the preseason, but he could find himself in a timeshare with Nyheim Hines out the backfield Thursday in the absence of bell cow Jonathan Taylor (ankle). Since Hines is better suited for a change-of-pace/pass-catching duties rather than handling heavy volume on the ground, Lindsay may serve as the Colts' primary back on early downs and in short-yardage situations. Deon Jackson also looms as another option out of the backfield, though the Colts may prefer to keep him in his usual special-teams role.

Oct 6, 2022 7:39 AM EST

Could help fill in for Taylor

With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos, Lindsay is a candidate to be elevated from the Colts' practice squad, Stephen Holder of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Taylor unavailable, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson are currently the Colts' rostered healthy running backs, but Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis expects Lindsay to be promoted ahead of Thursday's game and if that happens, the running back could claim a share of the team's Week 5 backfield load while working alongside Hines, who has been handling change-of-pace/pass-catching duties behind Taylor.

Oct 5, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Could be elevated this week

With Jonathan Taylor dealing with an ankle injury, Lindsay is a candidate to be elevated from the Colts' practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Broncos, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Taylor's Week 5 status is unclear at this stage, but if he's out or limited Thursday, Nyheim Hines would be in line for added touches out of Indy's backfield versus Denver, while Lindsay could also potentially mix in. With that in mind, the 28-year-old may be worth a speculative add by those who roster Taylor or are scrambling for a short-term flyer at running back.

Oct 3, 2022 3:19 PM EST

Joins Indianapolis' practice squad

The Colts signed Lindsay to their practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Lindsay was surprisingly released by the Colts ahead of the 53-man roster deadline, but he'll rejoin the organization via the practice squad. The veteran running back will likely push Deon Jackson for the No. 3 spot behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, but the Colts may elect to keep Jackson on the active roster due to his experience on special teams.

Sep 6, 2022 11:13 AM EST

Released by Indianapolis

Lindsay has been released by the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This is a surprise as he was seen as the leading candidate to win the No. 3 running back role. Deon Jackson started in Saturday's preseason finale and could win the job to be the distant backup to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

Aug 30, 2022 5:57 AM EST

Totals 33 yards

Lindsay carried the ball five times for 24 yards in Saturday's 27-24 preseason loss to the Bills. He added two receptions on three targets for nine yards.

Analysis: Lindsay didn't tally a carry until Nick Foles entered the game in the second quarter, as he worked behind Nyheim Hines. Lindsay was stymied for much of the day, though he did manage rushes of 10 and six yards as well as a 10-yard reception that helped set up a Colts touchdown. Despite some promising signs, Lindsay appears clearly behind both Jonathan Taylor and Hines on the depth chart.

Aug 13, 2022 7:48 PM EST

Listed as No. 3 running back

Lindsay is listed as the No. 3 running back on the Colts' first depth chart of the preseason.

Analysis: Lindsay split time between the Texans and Dolphins last season, but he didn't garner much success with either team. Jonathan Taylor is expected to be a workhorse back once again, while Nyheim Hines operates as the change-of-pace back, so there may not be much work for the No. 3 running back. Still, Lindsay has looked good in camp and is head of Ty'son Williams, Deon Jackson, D'Vonte Price and CJ Verdell for the role.

Aug 9, 2022 11:07 AM EST

Headed to Indianapolis

Lindsay agreed to a one-year deal with the Colts on Tuesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Lindsay split time between the Texans and Dolphins last season, but he didn't garner much success with either team. Jonathan Taylor is expected to be a workhorse back once again, while Nyheim Hines operates as the change-of-pace back, but behind those two, the Colts' running back room appears to be wide open. Regardless, barring an injury to Taylor or Hines, Lindsay likely won't garner a major workload for the Colts in 2022 even if he claims the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

May 17, 2022 11:28 AM EST

Modest yardage Sunday

Lindsay carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards in Sunday's 33-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: He took a back seat to Duke Johnson once again in the Miami backfield, but Lindsay's 40 rushing yards were actually a season high for him and he saw more action than Myles Gaskin (four touches for 10 total yards). Gaskin is the only one of the three under contract for 2022, and Lindsay's 294 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns across 14 games for the Texans and Dolphins won't make the 27-year-old a high priority on the free-agent market, either for Miami or for any other club.

Jan 9, 2022 11:10 PM EST

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