Phillip Lindsay

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

Phillip Lindsay News

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

Barely involved in blowout loss

Lindsay had two carries for one yard during Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Lindsay also secured his lone target for eight yards, though both Duke Johnson (seven carries) and Myles Gaskin (five carries) logged more touches out of the backfield. Miami's three-headed rushing attack can't be relied upon to provide consistent fantasy value in matchups where Tua Tagovailoa struggles to move the offense, and a Week 18 divisional contest against New England's dominant defense may not provide many scoring opportunities.

Jan 3, 2022 6:24 AM EST

Makes return to backfield

Lindsay rushed 13 times for 36 yards in Monday night's 20-3 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Lindsay made his first appearance since Week 12 and matched Duke Johnson for Miami's team lead in carries. Although neither tailback found much room to run versus a tough Saints front seven, Lindsay only managed three yards fewer than Johnson, who exploded for over 120 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns last weekend. Despite competing with Myles Gaskin for snaps as well, Lindsay's immediate involvement in his return is an encouraging sign for his usage ahead of Week 17's matchup versus the Titans, even if the Dolphins still rely on a committee approach barring one of their tailbacks developing the hot hand.

Dec 27, 2021 8:40 PM EST

Puts in full practice

Lindsay (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Lindsay hasn't suited up since Week 12. The ankle injury kept him out Week 13, the Dolphins were on bye Week 14 and a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list made him unavailable for Week 15. Now that he's back practicing fully after he was limited in his return to the field Thursday, Lindsay looks like he's in the clear to play Monday versus the Saints. He's not guaranteed to have a role or even be active for the contest, however, as Duke Johnson's big outing in the Week 15 win over the Jets presumably leaves him (and Myles Gaskin) ahead of Lindsay in the pecking order. If Miami elects to keep only three backs active Monday, the final spot will likely come down to Lindsay or Salvon Ahmed.

Dec 24, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Limited in Thursday's walkthrough

Lindsay (ankle) was listed as limited on Thursday's practice estimate, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Lindsay was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, but he's still bothered by the ankle injury he sustained prior to Week 13. If he regains health before Monday's game against the Saints, it's unclear what role Linsday would play in a Dolphins backfield that also features Myles Gaskin, Duke Johnson and Salvon Ahmed.

Dec 23, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

Lindsay (ankle) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Lindsay spent a week on the reserve/COVID-19 list and was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Jets, but he'll now rejoin the Dolphins for practice. The 27-year-old dealt with an ankle injury prior to being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and it's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability for Monday's game against the Saints.

Dec 20, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Not activated off COVID-19 list

Lindsay (ankle) was not activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not be eligible to play Sunday against the Jets, Daniel Oyefusi of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were both activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday meaning the Dolphins will have two of their top three backs eligible to play Sunday. Lindsay attempted 12 carries for 42 yards back in Week 12, his lone game with the Dolphins after spending most of the 2021 campaign with the Texans.

Dec 18, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Lindsay (ankle) has tested positive for COVID-19, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Lindsay had been dealing with an ankle injury recently, and he's now the third Dolphins running back to test positive for COVID-19 across the last several days. Lindsay, Myles Gaskin (illness) and Salvon Ahmed (illness) are all vaccinated, but the Dolphins brought in Lamar Miller for a workout Monday, while Duke Johnson and Gerrid Doaks could be called up from the practice squad if Miami's backfield is shorthanded Sunday against the Jets.

Dec 13, 2021 10:40 AM EST

Participating in walkthrough

Coach Brian Flores said that Lindsay (ankle) will participate in Wednesday's walkthrough practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Flores also specifically mentioned the running game as an area the Dolphins need to improve. Lindsay wasn't available for Sunday's win over the Giants due to an ankle injury, but back in his team debut Week 12 he handled 12 carries. If active for Week 15 against the Jets, Lindsay could once again operate ahead of Salvon Ahmed.

Dec 8, 2021 7:55 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Lindsay (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: With Lindsay unavailable, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird figure to see added complementary opportunities in Miami's Week 13 backfield, while working behind top back Myles Gaskin.

Dec 5, 2021 8:49 AM EST

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