Rookie running back Devontae Booker started the first game of his career in the Denver Broncos Week 8 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Despite injuring his shoulder early in the game, Booker led the Broncos in rushing with 19 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Booker played 54 offensive snaps for the Broncos and most of them came after he hurt his shoulder. A day later, head coach Gary Kubiak sees that as a good sign for Booker's Week 9 availability.
“Everything sounds good. He’s sore," Kubiak said Monday. "We’ll see where we’re at, but the fact that he was able to come back and play through it, I think, is a good sign. We’ll see. I don’t want to say we have a long week; we play Sunday night. The fact that he was able to come back and play makes us feel better about it.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1722791-how-do-broncos-retain-the... The Chargers defense was able to bottle up Booker and the Broncos rushing attack for most of the game. The rookie did fumble on the goal-line in the third quarter, trying to extend for the pylon. Safety T.J. Ward had intercepted Philip Rivers two plays earlier, giving Denver the ball inside the San Diego 10-yard line. It was an opportunity squandered and symptomatic of Denver's day offensively.
It was also Booker's second lost fumble of the season. As talented as the rookie is, the reality is he's still learning Denver's playbook. He's come a long way in that department since being drafted in the fourth round this past spring, but it'll be a process replacing the injured C.J. Anderson. Booker is still doing a lot of thinking on the field.
The Broncos are suddenly thin at running back and not completely healthy. With a battle for first place in the AFC West on deck this coming Sunday with the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos will need Booker's power and running ability.
Kubiak updated Booker's injury status on Monday.
“I just talked to [Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos] ‘Greek’ briefly, but the bottom line is he’s sore today," Kubiak said. "We’re not going to do much, so we’ll see. He’ll be day-to-day.”
Let's hope a few days of relative rest can make a difference for Booker. With Anderson done for the season, the Broncos don't want to have to rely on Kapri Bibbs and Juwan Thompson to win in the Black Hole.
We'll monitor the Broncos daily practice reports this week for any sign of activity on Booker's part.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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