Lindsay, a rookie who hurried for 1,037 yards this season, suffered ligament damage and a possible fracture into one of those small bones of the wrist in Monday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Tests on Christmas Day revealed that the fascia damage, and Lindsay was slated to have a second opinion to determine whether there was also a fracture.

“I’m not sure what they found, but it takes operation,” Joseph said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s going to be about a three- year, four-month rehabilitation. He will be fine.”

Joseph explained the Broncos will believe formally moving Lindsay to injured book from the coming days. He’ll miss the Pro Bowl after being called to the AFC roster earlier this season.

Lindsay ended just shy of Dominic Rhodes’ NFL record of 1,104 racing yards by an undrafted rookie. Lindsay had nine rushing touchdowns and is tied for 2nd in the league with a mean of 5.4 yards per carry.

Fellow newcomer Royce Freeman likely will get the start in Sunday’s regular season finale contrary to the LosAngeles Chargers, whilst Devontae Booker should view action in longer-yardage scenarios, especially third down.