Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay’s maddening season ended Saturday when he was placed on injured reserve because of knee and hip injuries.
Lindsay was previously ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers. He finishes the season with 118 carries for 502 yards and one touchdown (55 yards against the Chargers).
Following consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start his career, Lindsay became one of the Broncos’ most popular players. But his 2020 never could get out of the blocks.
Lindsay sustained a turf toe injury in the Week 1 loss at Tennessee and missed three games. When Gordon was out against New England, Lindsay rushed 23 times for 101 yards — his only game with at least 20 carries and 100 yards.
A concussion cost him half of the Week 7 loss to Kansas City and a knee injury sent him to the bench during the Week 12 loss to New Orleans.
Lindsay’s rookie year, in which he was voted to the Pro Bowl, ended early because of significant wrist injury that required surgery. He had another wrist operation after the 2019 season.
Lindsay’s future with his hometown team will be an offseason subplot.
As a restricted free agent, Lindsay is eligible to be tendered a contract by the Broncos at one of three levels — first round, second round or undrafted. If the Broncos offer him a first- or second-round tender, a team must give up a draft choice in the specified round to sign Lindsay and have the Broncos decline to match.
If the Broncos decline to tender Lindsay, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
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