The Phillip Lindsay hype train has come to a shuddering halt for 2018 after the Denver Broncos confirmed the local hero would need surgery for a hand injury.
The rookie running back’s 46 yards on 10 carries sent him past 1,000 yards rushing in a 27-14 defeat to Oakland on Monday night, but he left the game injured and was held out as a precaution.Embed from Getty Images
With a swollen wrist, the 24-year-old struggled to do up his buttons and tie in the locker room after the game ahead of an MRI on Tuesday.
Now confirmed that Lindsay requires surgery, he will miss the Broncos’ final game of the 2018 season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers, as well as the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando.
Lindsay will be out for three or four months, rather than the four to six months reported by some media outlets, according to head coach Vance Joseph, meaning he should be available when the Broncos’ 2019 training camp starts in July.
On Thursday, Lindsay took to Instagram to post a
Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive player to be voted to the Pro Bowl after the Colorado alum rose from sixth on the depth chart in training camp to become the Broncos’ starting running back in spite of his 5-8 190-pound frame that made all 32 NFL teams pass up on him in April.
His sensational rookie season ends with 1,037 yards and nine rushing touchdowns from 192 carries (5.4-yard average), as well as 241 yards and a score from 35 receptions (6.9-yard average).
There were plenty of other accolades too. Third undrafted rookie running back to eclipse 1,000 yards, second-most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie running back, Broncos’ single-season rushing yards record for an undrafted rookie, offensive player of the week awards, and there could be more to come when the end of season awards are handed out.
With Lindsay missing from the Broncos’ season finale, fellow rookie Royce Freeman reclaims the starting job with Devontae Booker continuing to spell and come in on third downs.
But losing Lindsay’s dynamism and aggression will be difficult for the Broncos to replace against a team that has already booked its ticket to the postseason.
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