Denver Broncos: Phillip Lindsay placed on injured reserve

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay -- Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay -- Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is being placed on injured reserve.

The Denver Broncos will finish out their two remaining games in 2020 without running back Phillip Lindsay.

Lindsay has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The 2018 undrafted free agent star has played in 42 of 46 possible games during his time with the team so far, but that possible games total will finish at 48 without his games played total being higher.

On Friday, Lindsay was ruled out for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. In the time since then, the team decided to shut him down for the season.

Lindsay will become a restricted free agent in 2021. The addition of Melvin Gordon has made people question whether or not Lindsay would even be back with the team. In all honesty, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to restart at that position. While Lindsay’s usage has gone down with the emergence of Gordon, the Broncos need several good running backs, and that duo is what I would consider as “good.”

Lindsay will have missed six games in his three years with the team. However, in the games that he has played, he has been electrifying and a solid addition to the team’s young offense.

With Lindsay out for the two remaining games of the 2020 season, the Broncos will rely heavily on Gordon, as well as Royce Freeman and LeVante Bellamy. Bellamy has been called up from the practice squad again.

While Bellamy has been on the field for the Broncos this season, none of his 53 snaps have come on offense. Every single one has been on special teams. So it would make sense if Bellamy was strictly just an emergency-type of player for the team’s backfield.

Gordon has been helpful to this team this year except for his four fumbles. In his career with the Chargers, Gordon missed eight games. He fumbled 14 times while a member of the team.

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Gordon was signed to a two-year contract this past offseason. His emergence is going to be important these two final games of the 2020 season with Lindsay out.