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Phillip Lindsay Reportedly Out 3-4 Months After Surgery on Wrist Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 28, 2018

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) runs past Oakland Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow (50) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
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Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, who suffered a season-ending right wrist injury against the Oakland Raiders on Monday, will have surgery on Friday and sit out three to four months according to James Palmer of the NFL Network. 

Ian Rapoport previously detailed the exact nature of the wrist injury:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Lindsay is dealing with a possible scaphoid fracture, along with ligament damage. Unless additional tests present a more positive outlook, he faces a lengthy recovery. https://t.co/31bStliEFn

An undrafted free agent out of Colorado, Lindsay gained 1,278 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 touchdowns.

He's currently seventh in the league in rushing with 1,037 yards and is tied for second among qualified running backs with 5.4 yards per carryFootball Outsiders also ranked Lindsay fifth in defensive yards above replacement among players at his position.

Lindsay was one Denver's shining lights in an otherwise down year for the 6-9 Broncos.

He broke onto the scene in Week 1 thanks to 102 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks. Lindsay's remarkable production and efficiency continued for much of the year, to the point where he was averaging 6.1 yards per carry through 12 games.

Eventually, Lindsay became the team's primary running back after initially sharing backfield duties with fellow rookie and third-round pick Royce Freeman. He didn't have much running room in his final three games and rushed for just 100 yards, but Lindsay's performance was still remarkable considering that he wasn't even drafted. His efforts earned him the first-ever Pro Bowl nod for an undrafted rookie. 

Lindsay is part of an exciting Bronco rookie class that includes edge-rusher Bradley Chubb (12 sacks) and wideout Courtland Sutton (41 catches, 679 yards, four touchdowns). While Lindsay's wrist injury is an unfortunate occurrence, he should be ready for offseason team activities in May and June provided the timetable isn't extended.

And if he builds off his excellent first season, then the Broncos and their rookie class of 2018 could be in for a much-improved campaign. 

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