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Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay ejected for punch, but should he have been?

September 24, 2018

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay made league history when he became the first undrafted rookie to log 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two NFL games.

That streak didn’t extend to three games.

Lindsay, who was the Broncos’ leading rusher with 178 yards entering Week 3, was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens just prior to the two-minute warning in the first half. After Case Keenum was strip-sacked by the Ravens’ Terrell Suggs, there was a scrum for the ball. Lindsay came diving in at the end of the play, was flagged 15 yards and — after the officials discussed the play — was disqualified for throwing a punch.

A look at the video shows Lindsay swinging his arms at a Ravens player on the bottom of a pile. But was it a punch? Or was he fighting for the ball? It’s hard to say, but there was an official just a few feet away who had a clear view of the play in question.

After the Ravens’ 27-14 victory, Lindsay issued a statement saying he didn’t think he was throwing a punch but also that he felt he let his team down with his actions.

NFL rules state that because of the ejection, Lindsay could face a one-game suspension. The Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football next week. Lindsay finished Sunday’s game with four catches for 20 yards and no catches on two targets.

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