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Report: Phillip Lindsay to miss 2-4 weeks with toe injury

Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay will miss some time with a toe sprain. We break down what it means for Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman.

Phillip Lindsay of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High on September 14, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos plans for a two-headed rushing beast have taken a hit in the early part of the 2020 season. Running back Phillip Lindsay suffered a toe sprain in Week 1 Monday Night Football, and is now expected to miss two to four weeks, according to Ian Rapoport.

Lindsay was added to the team’s MNF injury report in the third quarter and did not return. He had rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught an 11-yard reception at the time of the injury. Melvin Gordon carried the workload the rest of the way, finishing with 15 rushes for 78 yards and a touchdown and three receptions for eight yards. Royce Freeman added one carry for zero yards and a 12-yard reception.

Fantasy football impact: RB Phillip Lindsay injury

Gordon was always going to be the lead guy in this backfield, but the question now is how much work Royce Freeman will take away from him. Freeman was clear second fiddle to Lindsay each of the past two years. Gordon gets a boost without Lindsay available to take carries, but it’s tough to tell how much work Freeman will get in Lindsay’s place. It likely won’t be as much work, but he’ll get some of it.