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Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay’s potential return revealed by Vic Fangio

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Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay missed the team’s Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with turf toe in his left foot, and he is unlikely to suit up this Sunday.

However, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Lindsay could make his return this upcoming Thursday in the team’s Week 4 matchup with the New York Jets (via 9News’ Mike Klis).

Denver was initially expecting to be without Lindsay for 2-4 weeks, so a return in Week 4 would suggest he missed the minimum amount of time.

Lindsay emerged as the Broncos starter during his rookie season in 2018, and he was named to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,037 yards on 5.4 yards per carry while also scoring 10 total touchdowns.

The former Colorado product rushed for over 1,000 yards once again in 2019, and it seemed he had firmly established his place in Denver’s backfield.

But Lindsay entered the offseason with competition in the form of Melvin Gordon.

The Broncos signed Gordon to a two-year deal in free agency, spurring a bit of competition between the two running backs.

Gordon has gotten an early foothold, even more so with Lindsay out due to injury. The two-time Pro Bowler had 15 carries to Lindsay’s seven in Week 1, and followed up by finding the end zone in Week 2.

However, it seems likely Fangio and the Broncos will work both backs into the game plan once Lindsay is healthy.

The committee look is partially what led to Lindsay’s breakout rookie year, and the two might offer different strengths in the running and passing games going forward.