Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) runs against Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein (54) during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Texans sign RB Phillip Lindsay to 1-year deal

The Houston Texans signed free-agent running back Phillip Lindsay to a one-year contract on Friday, his agent confirmed.

The deal is worth $3.25 million with $1 million guaranteed and $500,000 in incentives, according to ESPN.

Last season, Lindsay, 26, rushed for 502 yards and a touchdown before finishing the year on injured reserve for the Denver Broncos. The team recently rescinded its restricted free-agent tender tag it had placed on him, making him an unrestricted free agent.

In 2018 as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Colorado, Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns en route to making the Pro Bowl.

After Lindsay rushed for 1,011 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019, the Broncos signed free-agent running back Melvin Gordon during the offseason to a two-year, $16 million contract to be their starter.

Lindsay has rushed for 2,550 yards and 17 touchdowns, in addition making 77 receptions for 465 yards and a touchdown, during his three seasons in Denver.

He’ll now join veterans David Johnson and Mark Ingram, as well as Dontrell Hilliard and Buddy Howell, in the Texans backfield. The Texans ranked 31st in the league rushing last season, averaging just 91.6 yards per game.

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Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) runs against Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein (54) during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos rescind offer, RB Phillip Lindsay hits free agency

Restricted free agent running back Phillip Lindsay is free to sign elsewhere after the Denver Broncos rescinded their one-year qualifying offer, agent Mike McCartney said Thursday.

“After great conversations with the @Broncos, it’s been mutually decided that rescinding the RFA Tender is best for both Phillip Lindsay and the team. It’s been a great 3 years in Denver for @I_CU_boy. Nothing beats seeing @EmpowerField rocking as it did when #30 broke a long run,” McCartney said via Twitter.

Lindsay responded with a statement of his own, calling his three years with the Broncos a dream come true.

“I’m very appreciative for my time with the Denver Broncos. As a Colorado kid, I was able to fulfill my dream of playing for my home team. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, staff and everyone involved in the Broncos organization who made this possible for me,” Lindsay said in a Twitter post.

Lindsay rushed for 2,550 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons with the Broncos after starring at Colorado. At 5-feet-8, 190, he was considered undersized by NFL running back prototype standards but gained over 1,000 yards in 2018 and again in 2019.

A hip injury cut his 2020 season short. Lindsay played in only 11 games but averaged 4.3 yards on 118 carries (502 rushing yards).

Melvin Gordon, signed prior to the 2020 season, led Denver in rushing last season with 986 yards on 215 carries.

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Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos RB Lindsay headed to IR

The Denver Broncos are placing running back Phillip Lindsay on injured reserve, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

Lindsay, 26, already was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with hip and knee injuries. Placing him on IR would end his season.

Lindsay rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons before being limited by injuries in 2020. He has 118 carries for 502 yards and one touchdown in 11 games (eight starts) this season while splitting time in the backfield with Melvin Gordon.

However, it’s been tough sledding for Lindsay of late. He’s gained just 108 yards on his last 45 carries over the past four contests.

Lindsay has missed three games this season with toe, concussion, and knee injuries.

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Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) runs past New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley (51) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Lindsay knocked from game with Chiefs

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has been ruled out of the second half against Kansas City due to a concussion.

Lindsay left after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen late in the first half. Lindsay went to the tent on the sidelines to be evaluated before being led to the locker room.

Lindsay had rushed for a game-high 79 yards on nine carries in the first two quarters.

A third-year pro, Lindsay has 204 yards rushing on the season and is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos, including a Pro Bowl campaign as a rookie in 2018.

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Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (30) before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos RB Lindsay (toe) out 2-4 weeks

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay was diagnosed with a toe sprain and will be sidelined two to four weeks, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.

Lindsay, who was ruled out for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, sustained the injury in the Broncos’ 16-14 setback to Tennessee on Monday.

The third-year running back had seven carries for 24 yards and one reception for 11 yards against the Titans. Lindsay, however, didn’t log a single second-half snap.

Melvin Gordon should see an increased workload in place of Lindsay, while Royce Freeman likely will have additional snaps as well.

Lindsay, 26, eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in each of his first two seasons and secured a Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He has recorded 423 carries for 2,072 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns while reeling in 71 receptions for 448 yards and a score in 32 career games with the Broncos.

Joining Lindsay as inactive on Sunday for the Broncos were linebackers Mark Barron and Anthony Chickillo, wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, guard Netane Muti and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

The Steelers’ inactives were guard David DeCastro, quarterback Josh Dobbs, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III, defensive tackle Carlos Davis and tight end Zach Gentry.

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