Lindsay rushed 23 times for 101 yards but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 18-12 win over New England. Lindsay worked as the lead back in his return from a toe injury with Melvin Gordon sidelined by strep throat, and he responded with the sixth 100-yard rushing performance of his three-year NFL career. Royce Freeman mixed in with 30 scrimmage yards on eight carries and one reception, and Lindsay's lack of involvement in the passing game was disappointing. Still, Lindsay's rushing prowess should earn him a sizable share of Denver's backfield snaps moving forward, even if Gordon's able to return in Week 7 against the Chiefs.
Lindsay will act as the primary back with Melvin Gordon (illness) ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Lindsay will slide into the starting role after the Broncos chose not to have Gordon fly with the team to New England. The fact Gordon was cited for a DUI and speeding charges earlier in the week also complicates matters, though the NFL has yet to issue any sort of punishment regarding the alleged incident. Lindsay has not played since Week 1 due to a toe injury, but he's been a capable starter each of the past two years, accumulating back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Lindsay may be the Broncos' primary running back Sunday in New England due to uncertainty surrounding Melvin Gordon's (illness) health, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Gordon's illness isn't related to COVID-19, but coach Vic Fangio said, "They've totally diagnosed what it is, how to treat it and there is a possibility the treatment will be quick & effective. If it's not, then he won't play." The running back also has a recent citation for driving under the influence hanging over his head. If Gordon ends up being inactive, Lindsay's sole competition for RB reps will be Royce Freeman, unless the Broncos make a short-term addition to the active roster. On the season, Lindsay has seven carries for 24 yards and one catch for 11 yards, all of them from Week 1, when he sustained a turf toe injury.
Lindsay could lead Denver's backfield Sunday against the Patriots if Melvin Gordon (personal) receives a suspension, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Lindsay hasn't taken the field since Week 1 due to a toe injury, but he's on track to make a return from a three-game absence this weekend. While the Broncos would ideally ease Lindsay back into action as part of a timeshare with Gordon, the latter's arrest late Tuesday on DUI and speeding charges complicates his Week 6 status. Regarding Gordon, who didn't practice Wednesday, the Broncos remain in discussion with the NFL about possible disciplinary responses, which could include a suspension. In the event that Gordon is sidelined Sunday, Lindsay would stand to inherit the bulk of Denver's backfield work, while Royce Freeman would serve as his primary backup.
Lindsay and the Broncos won't play the Patriots on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past eight days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Broncos and Patriots are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver, meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6. Had Monday's game been played as scheduled, Lindsay was in line to suit up after missing Denver's previous three games with a case of turf toe, but he'll now have to wait another week to return to action.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||18||18.00|
|8||11/01||Los Angeles Chargers||8||14.00|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||30||26.00|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||15||17.00|
|13||12/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||18.00|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||14.00|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||30||26.00|
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|3 Year Avg||208||1024||8||35||218||0||171|