Phillip Lindsay is ready to return for the Denver Broncos.
The third-year running back is set to be back on the field when the Broncos travel to face the New England Patriots on Monday night. While the Patriots could still be without key players such as Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore, the Broncos are getting healthier with the return of Lindsay.
Lindsay was hurt in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans after carrying the ball just seven times. He has been nursing a toe injury ever since but it said to be back to 100 percent.
Though a 1,000-yard season for a third straight year could now be out of reach for Lindsay, he does have an enticing matchup in front of him on Monday. The Patriots rank 17th in the league against the run, giving up around 115 yards per game on the ground.
If Lindsay’s toe is truly no longer a bother, he should be fresh and ready to carry a big load in this game. Melvin Gordon is coming off of his first 100-yard rushing game as a member of the team but could use a break as he has already carried the ball 65 times in four games this season.
Lindsay and Gordon were supposed to be one of the league’s best running back combinations this season, but that has yet to be seen due to Lindsay’s unavailability. The two running backs should be unleashed against the Patriots.
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Injecting Lindsay into the lineup should also help take pressure on whoever the Broncos’ quarterback is, whether that be Drew Lock making his return from injury or Brett Rypien, who would be making just his second career start.
Bill Belichick has been one of the NFL’s best defensive minds ever and typically, his defense is much better than the one we have seen this season. The Pats have given up 126 yards or more rushing in two of the four games they have played this season. .
The Broncos have not shown themselves to be a dominant running team, but the inclusion of Lindsay into the lineup this week could prove to be a huge difference maker.