The Denver Broncos Have Placed C.J. Anderson On Injured Reserve

We have updated this article. C.J. Anderson tore his meniscus and has been placed on injured reserve.

C.J. Anderson pulled up lame late in the first quarter of the Denver Broncos Monday night bout with the Houston Texans. Even though he was able to return to the action and rattle off his first 100-yard game of 2016, he woke up Tuesday with soreness and swelling. 

After multiple tests, including a second opinion, it has been revealed that Anderson has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery Thursday, according to 9NEWS' Mike Klis

The procedure could eventually lead to the Denver Broncos’ running back missing the rest of the season, although there is hope he could return for the postseason should the team qualify for an AFC playoff spot. The full extent of the tear won’t be known until the surgeon works inside the knee.

Because he hasn't been in tremendous pain and was able to play on the knee and finish the game Monday night, Anderson was hopeful the in-depth testing would reveal something minor. He will end up on injured reserve, unfortunately. As Klis points out, depending on the severity of the tear and damage, there's a possibility the Broncos could bring Anderson off IR later in the year. For the first time, teams are allowed one opportunity to recall a player off IR and back to the active roster. 

If the Broncos are in the mix down the stretch and into the playoffs, as we expect them to be, getting Anderson back could be huge. For now, Anderson will have to focus on rehab and recovery. 

After signing a new four-year contract with the Broncos this past spring, Anderson and the Broncos had very high hopes for him in 2016. But the injury bug is no respector of persons or plans. 

I've been told it could be a 3-4 week recovery or as long as a 4-month recovery, depending on what the surgeons find once they get an inside look at his knee. There's still a chance he could return without having to go on IR.

However it plays out, we wish C.J. a speedy recovery. Now the onus falls on Denver's rookie fourth-rounder Devontae Booker to carry the load for the Broncos. Let's hope he's up to the challenge. We're also going to learn a lot more about Kapri Bibbs, who's now Denver's No. 2 running back. 

Expect the Broncos to promote Juwan Thompson off the practice squad and onto the active roster, or to take a look around the league at available free agents. Thompson will be the first choice. 


Anderson has been placed on injured reserve. If his rehab and recovery go well, the Broncos can place him back on the roster after eight weeks.

That's assuming the Broncos make the playoffs. Right now, that's the best-case scenario.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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