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Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay’s status officially revealed vs. Steelers

Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

Phillip Lindsay made an early exit in Week 1 for the Denver Broncos due to a turf toe injury and his status for Week 2 has been revealed. According to Zac Stevens of DNVR Sports, Lindsay has been officially ruled out for Denver’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before leaving Monday night’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, Lindsay played in 19 offensive snaps for the Broncos. The undrafted free agent would rush for 24 yards on seven attempts, while also recording one reception for 11 yards.

On the other hand, Melvin Gordon finished with 83 scrimmage yards on 18 total touches and a touchdown. However, Gordon would also fumble the ball once, after having four fumbles with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.

With Lindsay sidelined for Week 2, Gordon should see an even heavier workload for the Broncos. At the same time, Royce Freeman will likely see more opportunities to see the field on Sunday versus the Steelers. Freeman played in only six offensive snaps in Week 1, logging one reception for 12 yards.

Besides Lindsay, the Broncos will also be without Mark Barron for the team’s second game of the season. Barron was unable to play in Week 1 due to a hamstring injury and it appears it is still nagging him heading into Week 2.

Losing Lindsay gives Drew Lock one fewer weapon to work with against a daunting Pittsburgh defense. At the least, Denver features a deep backfield and has the personnel to replace Lindsay. Plus, the team could be getting back Courtland Sutton on Sunday. Sutton returned to practice on Thursday and is questionable against the Steelers.