Phillip Lindsay

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #23
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #23
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Phillip Lindsay News

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

Doubtful for Sunday

Lindsay (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: With Lindsay trending toward inactive status this weekend, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird figure to see added Week 13 opportunities behind behind top back Myles Gaskin.

Dec 3, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Not seen at practice Thursday

Lindsay (ankle) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: After being listed as limited Wednesday, Lindsay's apparent Thursday absence clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Giants. What he's able to do Friday will be telling, but if he's out or limited this weekend, added snaps behind top back Myles Gaskin would be available for Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird.

Dec 2, 2021 9:02 AM EST

Limited by ankle issue

Lindsay (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It's unclear if Lindsay is managing an ankle issue stemming from Week 12 action or if he suffered an in-practice setback, but what he does Thursday should add a level of clarity with regard to his Week 13 status. In his debut with the Dolphins in this past Sunday's 33-10 win over the Panthers, Lindsay logged 15 snaps on offense while working behind top back Myles Gaskin (37 snaps), en route to carrying 12 times for 42 yards.

Dec 1, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Role could increase

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Lindsay's role on offense could potentially increase, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Flores said that the Dolphins will continue to work Lindsay in at practice, and it looks like the running back could get more involved once fully up to speed with the playbook. Considering the fact that Lindsay handled a sizeable 12 carries during Sunday's win over the Panthers, despite only having had three practices under his belt, it appears that the 27-year-old is quickly making a good impression on his new coaching staff. If Week 13's matchup against the Giants doesn't allow the Dolphins to safely lean on the running game, it will be interesting to see how many opportunities Lindsay receives.

Nov 29, 2021 9:28 AM EST

Logs 12 carries in debut

Lindsay rushed 12 times for 42 yards in the Dolphins' 33-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Lindsay saw a healthy allotment of carries in his Dolphins debut, notable given he only had three days of practice under his belt. The veteran recorded just four fewer rush attempts and seven fewer rushing yards than Myles Gaskin, although it remains to be seen if the workload split between the two will be that close in games where the flow doesn't favor the running game as much as Sunday's did. Lindsay's next opportunity to make a favorable impression on his new squad comes in a Week 13 home matchup against the Giants.

Nov 28, 2021 3:24 PM EST

Claimed on waivers

The Dolphins have claimed Lindsay off waivers from the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lindsay, who logged 50 carries for 130 yards and a TD and added three catches for 37 yards and a receiving score in 10 games for the Texans prior to being let go, will now have a chance to secure a role in Miami's backfield behind starter Myles Gaskin. While it remains to be seen what level of volume Lindsay will see with the Dolphins, he does have a chance to resurface as a fantasy option in the coming weeks if he earns a steady role with his new team.

Nov 24, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Officially cut loose

The Texans waived Lindsay on Tuesday.

Analysis: As expected, the running back will now be exposed to waivers, allowing any of the NFL's other 31 teams to put in a claim for him over the next 24 hours. If Lindsay goes unclaimed, he shouldn't have much trouble finding a spot on a practice squad, if he isn't immediately signed to a 53-man roster on a more team-friendly deal. Though he mustered only 2.6 yards per carry on 50 totes over his 10 games with Houston, Lindsay averaged 4.3 YPC or better in each of his previous three seasons in the NFL with Denver. He also showed some ability as a receiver, recording 77 catches over that three-year stretch.

Nov 23, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Time in Houston ending

The Texans plan to waive Lindsay on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Expect the team to formally announce the transaction later Tuesday. Even with Houston moving lead back Mark Ingram to New Orleans prior to the trade deadline earlier this month, Lindsay hadn't seen an uptick in work out of the Houston backfield, as both David Johnson and Rex Burkhead had slotted ahead of him in the pecking order. Lindsay didn't help his case for earning more work by averaging a lowly 2.6 yards per carry on 50 totes while making a negligible impact in the passing game. Some shaky offensive line play undoubtedly contributed to Lindsay's struggles, so expect the 27-year-old to generate a fair amount of interest from other teams once he hits the waiver wire. In his prior three seasons with Denver, Lindsay averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry and showcased more ability as a pass catcher.

Nov 23, 2021 8:43 AM EST

Low man in backfield

Lindsay had one carry for minus-3 yards and played just two snaps in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Lindsay appears to have fallen down the depth chart, as David Johnson (35 snaps) and Rex Burkhead (27) were the preferred backs on a rain-soaked field in Nashville (Tenn.). His lone carry came in the red zone, the first play after Houston linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it 82 yards to the Titans' six-yard-line. And that was it for Lindsay. Johnson's been used primarily as a receiving back, but his 13 carries and 35 snaps were season highs. Burkhead had been a non-factor all season until Sunday. That uncertainty in the backfield suggests Lindsay being third on the depth chart could be a temporary development. Johnson and Burkhead combined for 1.9 yards per carry (31 carries, 58 yards), so there could chances for Lindsay down the road.

Nov 22, 2021 4:46 AM EST

Paces backfield in carries

Lindsay rushed eight times for 28 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Texans' 17-9 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran back outpaced backfield mates David Johnson and Rex Burkhead by four and six carries, respectively, in the loss. Lindsay had only logged three carries in Week 8 against the Rams in what was Houston's first game since trading away Mark Ingram, so it's difficult to determine whether Sunday's volume will carry over past the Week 10 bye and into a Week 11 road matchup against the Titans.

Nov 7, 2021 3:31 PM EST

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