The good news for the Broncos is C.J. Anderson’s surgery on Thursday was deemed a success, though you wouldn’t expect to hear anything different. Now that the actual operation is over, the club faces a difficult decision in what to do with the running back’s roster spot while he recovers from a torn meniscus.
Troy E. Renck for ABC7 in Denver is reporting there is currently no timetable for Anderson’s return, which obviously complicates matters. The fourth-year veteran is both “optimistic” that he can play again this season, but “realistic” about the possibility that he may not.
That’s quite a bind for the Broncos, who for now we’ll go with rookie Devontae Booker in the starting role, backed up by second-year player Kapri Bibbs. In the meantime, what happens to Anderson? Does the team place him on injured reserve to free up a roster spot, likely to promote Juwan Thompson from the practice squad? Or do they wait and hope Anderson can return in time for the playoffs?
Renck says team officials were meeting on Friday to discuss their options. If injured reserve is the path, they won’t want to wait. Anderson could still return if he’s designated for IR, but after eight weeks. That means if the Broncos wait and decide to do it later, that’s one more game he would have to miss before he’s eligible to return.
Whether Anderson can play or not, IR seems like the logical course of action. Booker, Bibbs and Thompson all have some NFL experience and should be able to tide the Broncos over until the playoffs, so even if Anderson could return earlier, he shouldn’t need to. Seeing as it still makes him eligible for the playoffs, that seems like the safe bet, rather than go with a 52-man roster while they wait for him to get healthy.
Of course, it sounds like we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer on a decision.