Denver Broncos rookie Phillip Lindsay continued his magical season Monday night against the Oakland Raiders. The former Colorado Buffaloes star entered Monday night’s game needing nine rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Lindsay rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries in a 27-14 loss to join LeGarrette Blount (2010) and Dominic Rhodes (2001) as the only undrafted rookies in the Super Bowl era to rush for 1000-plus yards.
“He’s had a great year,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said, via the team’s website. “Obviously his story is special, and I’m proud of him. We didn’t win the football game, so that will spoil it for him, but he’s had a great year.”
Unfortunately, Lindsay’s accomplishment was marred by an injury the first-year running back suffered in the third quarter, when his right wrist got bent backward as he was tackled by Raiders safety Erik Harris. “I was just going through the play, ran, got hit and got numb a little bit,” Lindsay said after the game.
@OrangeBlue760 @KOANewsRadio @AndyKOASports @lopesNewsSports— David Schneider (@drdaveschneider) December 25, 2018
first rule of sports broadcasting is to not guess about injuries... but if @I_CU_boy Lindsay doesn’t have a serious wrist injury (like a radius fracture) then it’s a Christmas miracle. pic.twitter.com/2PxBFNbbey
Tests did not go as hoped for RB Phillip Lindsay. Significant ligament damage in wrist. Will get second opinion on possible scaphoid fracture. He is OUT vs. Chargers in finale and it doesn't look good for Pro Bowl. At least he broke 1,000 and finishes with 1,037. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 25, 2018
Following the injury, he exited the game and did not return. He had a MRI on Christmas day and is out for the finale.
Lindsay, who has 1,037 rushing yards on the season, would have needed just 67 yards in the Broncos season finale against the San Diego Chargers to match Rhodes’ NFL record for most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie.