Arthroscopic surgery for Anderson

Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, to remove torn cartilage. His expected recovery time is three to four weeks.

Anderson, 29, played in 15 games and started 12 as the Broncosí fullback last season, rushing for 386 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries (4.6), while adding 18 receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Then NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2000, Anderson has rushed for 2,551 yards and 21 touchdowns on 556 carries (4.6) in 47 games over the course of his three-year career, and ranks seventh on Denverís all-time rushing list. He has also caught 49 passes for 382 yards (7.7) and two touchdowns.

Anderson was drafted by the Broncos out of Utah in the sixth round (189th overall) in 2000.

Story links for Friday, April 18

Anderson has surgery - Rocky Mountain News - Adam Schefter
Friday, April 18, 2003 - Two years ago, the question was what the Denver Broncos would do with their trumpeted trio of running backs. Mike Anderson injured his knee during the offseason program last week. Now, each back - Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson - has undergone knee surgery.

Broncos' Anderson on the mend - Rocky Mountain News
April 18, 2003 - Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson is expected to require at least three weeks of recovery time after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee.

Nick Rolovich's NFL Europe Journal -- Week 4 -- The First Win - DenverBroncos.com
April 17, 2003 - This past week we got our first victory with a 21-10 win over the Berlin Thunder in their home opener. It felt great to get the first win of the season because the first one is crucial for confidence, especially in a 10-game season. Though it came a week late, we are glad it came and are planning on more.


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