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Report: Phillip Lindsay expected to miss 2-4 weeks with toe injury

Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

Phillip Lindsay made an early exit for the Denver Broncos in Week 1 due to what was being described as a turf toe injury. After undergoing tests throughout the week, Lindsay is expected to miss up to a month with his toe injury, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

When Lindsay sprained his toe, the former undrafted running back’s status for Week 2 was in jeopardy. Besides missing Week 2, Lindsay is on track to miss a minimum of two weeks and could return in nearly a month.

Before leaving the game on Monday night, Lindsay rushed for 24 yards on seven carries. He also caught one pass for 11 yards prior to his early exodus from Denver’s season-opening loss in Week 1.

Of course, Lindsay isn’t the lead back for the Broncos anymore with the team signing Melvin Gordon in the offseason. Gordon led the team with 15 rush attempts for 78 yards and a touchdown. The two-time Pro Bowler would catch three passes for eight yards and he also fumbled the ball once.

Seeing that Lindsay won’t be active for the upcoming weeks, Royce Freeman should see an expanded workload. Freeman only touched the ball twice in Week 1, accounting for 12 yards from scrimmage on one reception.

Throughout the offseason, the Broncos made a concerted effort to surround Drew Lock with a variety of weapons in the offense. But with Lindsay being sidelined with a toe ailment, Denver may have to rely on Lock to put the ball in the air a bit more often.

At the least, the Broncos could be getting Courtland Sutton back in the offense in Week 2.