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Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) ruled out vs Chiefs

Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

Denver Broncos running back Philip Lindsay has been ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting.

One of the lone bright spots for the Broncos offensively in a game in which they trailed 24-9 at halftime, the former undrafted free agent had accumulated 79-yards on only 9 carries, before a hit from safety Daniel Sorenson sent him to the locker room. Having already missed three games this year due to a toe injury that lingered beyond initial projections, Lindsay entered the 2020 season looking to complete what would be his third consecutive campaign with 1,000 rushing yards. Operating as the offensive fulcrum for a franchise that has been perpetually seeking a quarterback following the retirement of Peyton Manning four years in 2016, the Broncos have come to rely on Lindsay as one of their few consistent performers.

In sustaining the head injury, Lindsay will enter the NFL’s five-step concussion protocol that will see the halfback limited in practice, until an independent evaluator clears him for a return to play.

With the running back’s absence, Melvin Gordon III will likely see an increase in his number of rushing attempts. Signed in the offseason following his tenure with the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver had hoped that pairing the talented Gordon with Lindsay would create a running attack that would offset any lingering questions over the quarterback position. While Sunday was expected to be the first game in which the two were fully healthy since week 1, the concussion to Lindsay short-circuited those plans.

Thus far Gordan has gained only 34 yards on 13 carries midway through the third quarter.

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