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Lindsay surpasses 1,000 yards but injures wrist in loss

The Broncos rookie won’t play in season finale.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.