Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing a punch late in the 2ndquarter in Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. With 2:31 remaining in the first half and Denver trailing 17-14, quarterback Case Keenum was sacked by Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs, causing Keenum to fumble. Broncos right tackle Jared Veldheer reached the ball first, with several players from both teams, including Lindsay, piling on. During the ensuing scrum, the former Colorado Buffaloes star was seen throwing a punch after being pushed off the ball by Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon.
Veldheer ended up recovering the fumble, but the rookie running back was ejected from the game for his actions. ”I was on the ground and I went for the ball,” Lindsay said per a tweet by Broncos beat reporter Kyle Fredrickson. “I went to try and hit it out and I guess the ref saw that I was swinging at somebody. For me, I don’t think I did anything wrong. But at the end of the day, that’s not my call. So, I definitely feel like I let my team down.”
Entering Sunday’s contest, Lindsay led all rookie running back with 178 rushing yards. He finished the game with four carries for 20 yards. Per NFL rules, the first-year running back could face a one-game suspension as a result of his ejection. The Broncos (2-1) host AFC West rival and undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) on Monday Night Football next week.