Anderson's knee injury and subsequent surgery left him unavailable for the final 10 weeks of this season. While that offered more opportunities to rookie Devontae Booker, the
Coach Gary Kubiak relayed Wednesday that
Anderson has been on IR since Oct. 29, after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. Per Kubiak, the plan is for Anderson to "maybe start running here in the next two weeks. I would say he's on course for sometime in February." In Anderson's continued absence, Justin Forsett and Devontae Booker will continue to handle the
Anderson (knee) is healing ahead of schedule, Denver7 reports.
The report did not provide any other details beyond Anderson saying he is "doing really well" with his recovery, but it does provide optimism for fantasy players and Broncos fans hoping that Anderson will be able to get back on the field when eligible in Week 16. Devontae Booker remains the Broncos' starting running back, and Kapri Bibbs is next in line.
While the move confirms that Anderson's regular season fantasy utility is over, ABC's Troy E. Renck relays that there is hope that the running back could return in time for the playoffs, should Denver qualify. In the meantime, Devontae Booker has been installed as the team's starter, with Kapri Bibbs next in line for carries and Juwan Thompson a candidate to be promoted for the Broncos' practice squad.
Anderson had his meniscus repaired Thursday, and although that procedure coincides with a multi-month recovery timetable, he'll be able to jog again in six weeks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Knowing that, there's a decent chance he could return later this season, but in order to gain a roster spot in the meantime, the Broncos may decide to place him on injured reserve. That would rule Anderson out for at least eight weeks, so Anderson faces an extended absence either way. While he's sidelined, rookie Devontae Booker figures to assume the bulk of Denver's tailback duties, with Kapri Bibbs slated for second-string work behind him.
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