DENVER — Two days before the Broncos report for training camp, Phillip Lindsay feels ready to return to the field following an offseason of rehab.
“I’m ready,” Lindsay said Monday at his youth football camp. “In my mind I’m ready — 100 percent. That’s all I can say. Once camp hits and y’all see me, you’ll know what I’ll be doing. That’s what it comes down to. You’ve just got two more days.”
Lindsay, who suffered a wrist injury in the Broncos’ penultimate game of the season, emphasized that the Broncos’ coaching and training staffs would make the final decision on the timing of his return.
“At the end of the day, I’m ready for whatever,” Lindsay said. “It comes down to what they feel is best for me. … It’s a long season. I’d rather be able to go 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 games than go one game. It just depends on what Coach Fangio and all them feel like I should be doing.”
Whenever the training staff clears the second-year player for a return to team drills, Lindsay said he’ll attack each rep in the same fashion that he approached a rookie season in which he became the first undrafted offensive rookie to make the Pro Bowl.
“I’m going to be ready regardless,” Lindsay said. “That’s the type of person I am. I’m ready to go out there and compete. I can’t tell y’all how many reps. I’m not the coach. But if I get one rep, I’m going to make the best of it. If I get 10 reps, I’m going to make the best of it. At the end of the day, I’m excited to go out there. We’re going to need each other. It’s a long season, like I said. So it’s going to be good to have Royce [Freeman] and [Devontae Booker] and Khalfani [Muhammad]. It’s going to push us.”
And Lindsay, who only participated in individual drills this offseason, is ready to get those reps back again.
“I’m excited. I’m excited to be with my teammates,” Lindsay said. “It sucks when you just have to sit there and watch when you want to help contribute. I’m just ready to go out there and be with them. I’m ready to go out there and get at it.”