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Broncos Briefs: Phillip Lindsay says toe is “feeling 100%” for Patriots clash

Pro Bowl tailback looking to play Monday vs. New England after sitting out since Week 1 with turf toe.

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Phillip Lindsay is ready to run wild again. And, more importantly, to run pain-free.

“It’s good being back out here,” said the Broncos’ Pro Bowl tailback and Denver native, who’s been out since a Week 1 turf toe injury. “I feel good, feel well-rested. Toe is feeling 100%. I’m ready to get back out there and help my team get some wins.”

Lindsay said Saturday that he expects to play at New England on Monday. The former CU Buffs and Denver South High School star recorded 35 scrimmage yards on eight touches — seven of them carries — against the Tennessee Titans, but has been held out for more than a month to help the toe heal.

“It’s just like a sprained thumb,” Lindsay said of the injury. “It’s the same thing. The only difference is, you’re always on your feet. It’s hard to heal that right away because you’re always walking. It takes time. It’s one of things where it just takes time to heal.”

McManus from 66? Don’t expect Brandon McManus to stop anytime soon when it comes to whispering in coach Vic Fangio’s ear on field goal attempts from midfield.

“When you come to practice, he wants to finish at 65, he wants to finish (at) 66,” special teams coach Tom McMahon said. “It’s the right message. Because I think, when you send a message, you actually really send it to yourself.”

The seventh-year kicker is 3-for-4 from 50 yards or longer this fall. The previous three seasons, he was 9-for-20, a 45% clip.

“His Achilles has been plus-50 kicks in his career,” McMahon said. “And he’s attacking it, and we really like it.”

Lock or Rypien? When asked who might open behind center Monday, Lindsay was careful not to tip Fangio’s hand.

“For Drew (Lock), it’s about coming back when it’s right for him, and only he knows that. So, we don’t know,” the Broncos tailback said. “No matter what, Ryp (Brett Rypien) is going to hold it down if he has to go. Drew is going to do well if he has to go. We’re just going to go with the flow of things.”

Two Jets fined. The league handed out three fines to Jets players for their penalties in last week’s loss to the Broncos.

According to a league source, defensive lineman Steve McLendon was fined $15,000 for his hit on Rypien in the final seconds. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was fined for two penalties: $15,000 for an illegal hit on Rypien and $10,000 for unnecessary roughness (facemask on Rypien).

Injury updates. Nose tackle Mike Purcell (knee) got in limited practice time Saturday and has been upgraded to questionable. Lock (right shoulder) and linebacker Joseph Jones (knee) also got in limited practice work and are questionable for Monday. Running back LeVante Bellamy (knee) was placed on injured reserve, with tackle Jake Rodgers getting promoted to the active roster in his place.

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