The Denver Broncos have made an important decision regarding their injured running back C.J. Anderson.
The 25-year-old injured his knee during the Broncos’ win against the Houston Texans on Monday night. He tore his meniscus early in the game but finished with his best performance of the season so far with 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown.
He had surgery on his knee on Thursday, but recent activity by the current Super Bowl champions could suggest that his season may well be over.
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Broncos have placed Anderson on Injured Reserve, meaning the earliest we could see him return would be in eight weeks time. He could play in Denver's second to last game of the regular season.
However, the recovery for the running back's injury is expected to take several months, meaning him returning before the end of the regular season is highly unlikely. NFL.com reported that he could start jogging after six weeks, but probably won't return to play for the team unless they go on an extended playoff run.
While he is out, rookie Devonte Booker will take the role of starting running back, and will likely be used in a workhorse role. The question that now remains is will Anderson have his starting job back when he is able to return?
The Pro Bowler only signed a new four-year deal with the Broncos this past offseason, so should still have his job upon his return. While Booker is able to display power and good vision like Anderson, he doesn't have good blocking skills for passing downs.
Unless he improves on this, there's a good chance the Broncos will revert back to Anderson as the starter upon his return, or switch to a more committee-style approach in order to always have a fresh runner in the backfield on every down.