Denver Broncos place Phillip Lindsay on injured reserve
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Phillip Lindsay's season, and possibly his career in Denver, is over after the Broncos put him on hold with hip and knee injuries on Saturday.
The Broncos (5-9) promoted LeVante Bellamy from their training team to support Melvin Gordon's replacement Sunday against the Chargers (5-9) in Los Angeles.
The Broncos also ruled out Pro Bowl pass rusher Bradley Chubb (ankle) on Saturday. The day before, the chargers ruled out Joey Bosa (concussion, shin).
Lindsay was the only player in NFL history to dash more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons to start a career. He ran just 502 yards and a touchdown, and caught just seven passes for 28 yards in an injury-related 2020 season.
Lindsay's production pales in comparison to his first two seasons when he averaged 1,243 yards and 8+ TDs and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Lindsay, a local favorite who starred at Denver South High School and the University of Colorado, has never fiddled with 611 career touches in the NFL.
But he was largely the second option in Pat Shurmur's offense as Gordon hit 955 yards and nine touchdowns after signing a two-year free agent deal for $ 16 million earlier this year.
Lindsay missed five games with turf toe, hip and knee injuries this season and came out of another game with a concussion.
Lindsay suffered a lawn toe injury at the start and missed three weeks. Upon his return, he had a great three-game stretch, starting with his only 100-yard performance of the season in New England when Gordon was sidelined with a sore throat.
Lindsay ran 79 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in just nine runs the next week before leaving with a concussion. He returned a week later and rushed against the Chargers for 83 yards six times, triggering a comeback after a 21-point deficit in the second half with a 55-yard touchdown run.
After that, its effectiveness diminished when the defense on the run was always active when Lindsay was in the backfield, because he was so rarely used in the passing game.
After running eight times for 23 yards in Atlanta and only twice for 4 yards in Las Vegas, Lindsday bounced back on November 22 with 16 transfers for 82 yards and won Miami.
At this point, Lindsay was averaging a whopping 5.4 yards per carry.
But in his last four games, that average fell to 2.4 yards when Lindsay, who is a restricted free agent after this season, only managed 27 yards per game as he struggled through additional injuries.
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