*OAKLAND — *Running back Phillip Lindsay is optimistic that the injury he suffered to his right wrist is “probably just a sprain,” he said after the Broncos’ 27-14 loss to the Raiders.
He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced after the game.
Lindsay, who exited the game after a carry in the third quarter, said he would try to play in Week 17 against the Chargers, even though the Broncos don’t have playoff implications on the line.
“I’m a tough dude and I’m going to do it for my team,” Lindsay said. “If I can play, I’m going to play. Like I said, I can’t tell you anything else right now, because I don’t even know. So I’m going to go back tomorrow and go get looked at.”
Lindsay’s final carry came on first-and-10 from the Oakland 14-yard line with five minutes, 19 seconds to play in the third quarter, but he said he couldn’t specify when or how the injury happened on the play.
“I’m not necessarily sure,” he said. “I was just going through the play, ran, got hit and got numb a little bit.”
Lindsay did not return to the field, and the Broncos’ medical staff ruled him out shortly thereafter.
“They decided that it was probably smart for me just to stay out,” Lindsay said.
The loss and the injury marred an otherwise meaningful night for Lindsay, who became just the third undrafted rookie to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
“He’s had a great year,” Joseph said. “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.”
As he has for most of the season, Lindsay deferred to his teammates.
“The offensive line has played a big part in this whole journey,” said Lindsay of the accomplishment. “It is a special moment, and it’s unfortunate that it didn’t come in a win. It’s something to build off of. We have a great offensive line, we’ve just got to get our feet back under us and we’ve got to get a groove back.”
Lindsay needs 68 rushing yards to pass Dominic Rhodes for the most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie.
If healthy, the Pro Bowler will get his final chance to pass Rhodes on Sunday against the Chargers.