There appears to be a specific diagnosis for Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson’s knee injury.
Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will likely be placed on injured reserve, according to 9News’ Mike Klis. The team has yet to give an official update on Anderson’s status.
If placed on IR, Anderson would be required to miss eight weeks before potentially being activated. The best-case scenario would be Anderson returning by Week 17 if all goes well. Teams can designate one player to return from IR and do not have to predetermine who that player will be. Klis reports Anderson’s recovery timetable could be anywhere from 8-to-12 weeks.
This comes on the same day Anderson went on a Twitter rant after reports suggested he would miss the rest of the season. Earlier Thursday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an MRI revealed Anderson did not tear his ACL. Later, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Anderson would miss the rest of the season. That sent Anderson into a rage over what he claimed to be erroneous reporting, but his tweets were quickly deleted.
Rookie Devontae Booker is in line to get the starting duties in Denver’s backfield. The fourth-round pick is coming off of his strongest game of the season, during which he carried the ball 17 times for 83 yards and 1 touchdown. The only other tailback on the 53-man roster is second-year pro Kapri Bibbs, who has taken only four handoffs this season.
Anderson suffered the injury on the final play of the first quarter of Monday night’s victory over the Houston Texans. He subbed back into the game in the second quarter and actually finished the game before the knee started giving him more trouble. He had rushed for 437 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.