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Denver Broncos FB Andy Janovich is Headed to Injured Reserve with an Ankle Injury

The Broncos backfield takes yet another hit.

Denver Broncos rookie fullback Andy Janovich is expected to be placed on injured reserve after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery, according to a report from Mike Klis of 9News.

A rookie campaign that began with a 28-yard touchdown on his first carry in the NFL will now inevitably end in disappointment.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as the injury to Janovich's ankle was not widely reported during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. Janovich caught a quick pass on the first play of the game, losing a yard. With the loss of Janovich, two-thirds of the Broncos starting backfield is now currently on injured reserve. C.J. Anderson was placed on IR shortly after rushing for over 100 yards in the Broncos Oct. 24 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. And as if that wasn't enough, Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian missed out on Wednesday's practice with a foot injury.

It's entirely conceivable that the Broncos could head into this Sunday's road matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a rookie (Paxton Lynch) behind center, a rookie (Devontae Booker) at running back, and an unknown quantity leading the way at fullback. The best bet right now is that the Broncos will start Juwan Thompson, who was on the active roster Sunday night, at the fullback spot, where he took reps during training camp.

Another option would be to comb the free agent market for a replacement. James Casey, who spent the beginning of the 2015 season with the Broncos, is available if they aren't confident in Thompson. 

At this point in time, there's not really any inkling as to what the Broncos will elect to do with the open roster spot. Kalif Raymond?

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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