Lindsay (wrist) finished his rookie campaign with 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns on 192 carries and another 241 yards and a touchdown on 35 catches over 15 appearances. In a season with few bright spots for the Broncos, the rookie out of Colorado easily stole the show until a serious wrist injury that required surgery ended his season one game early. The first offensive undrafted rookie ever to be selected for a Pro Bowl, Lindsay finishedthird in the league in yards per carry (5.4) despite his average dropping considerably following Week 13. He should be the cornerstone of the Denver offense in 2019, with improvements in the passing game and the shakeup of the coaching staff potentially adding to his already considerable value.
Lindsay (knee) has been placed on IR, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. The move will allow the Broncos to fill Lindsay's roster spot in advance of Week 17 action. Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, the running back is slated to undergo surgery on his right wrist later Friday. Initial reports have estimated Lindsay likely will require 3-to-4 months of recovery time, a timetable that would allow him to approach training camp next summer in good health and back atop Denver's RB depth chart at that time.
Lindsay will likely require 3-to-4 months of recovery time upon undergoing right wrist surgery, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Meanwhile, coach Vance Joseph relayed Wednesday that Lindsay will "most likely" be placed on injured reserve so that the Broncos can add another player to their active roster in advance of a Week 17 matchup with the Chargers. With Lindsay out, the Broncos will rely on Royce Freeman to see most of the action on early downs, while Devontae Booker perhaps takes on an enhanced role as a change-of-pace option. The estimated timeline for Lindsay's recovery puts him on track to be healthy in time for training camp next season, at which point he'll look to re-establish his status as Denver's lead back.
Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Wednesday that Lindsay will undergo surgery to address a "serious" wrist injury, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Both Troy Renck of Denver 7 News and Mike Klis of 9News Denver suggest that Lindsay is looking at a 4-to-6 month recovery period. While the injury is a tough ending to Lindsay's fine rookie campaign, such a timeline implies that he'll be healthy in advance of training camp this summer, at which point he'll look to reclaim his perch atop the Broncos' running back depth chart. To close out the 2018 season Sunday against the Chargers, Denver will rely on Royce Freeman to handle the bulk of the early down work while Devontae Booker takes on a larger change-of-pace role than he previously held.
The right wrist injury that will force Lindsay to miss the Broncos' season finale Sunday against the Chargers involves torn ligaments around the scaphoid bone, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Per the report, surgery is a likely outcome for Lindsay, with Klis suggesting that any procedure would entail a 4-to-6 month recovery. Based on that estimate, it's possible Lindsay could be available for non-contact work during OTAs in the spring before returning at full strength when training camp opens. While the injury spells a disappointing end to his campaign, the undrafted rookie was an unexpected fantasy stalwart in 2018, logging 192 carries for 1,037 yards and nine rushing scores to go with 35 receptions for 241 yards and another touchdown in 15 games. He'll likely be in line to head the Denver backfield once again in 2019, but Royce Freeman is expected to dominate the early down work in Week 17 while Devontae Booker handles a change-of-pace role.
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