Anderson out for 2004

The Denver Broncos place running Back Mike Anderson on the injured reserve list with a torn groin muscle, sidelining him for the entire season.

The news was not good for Mike Anderson and the Denver Broncos on Monday.

After visiting specialists the fifth-year running back was informed that the groin injury suffered during last Friday's 30-17 win over the Houston Texans, was far worse than originally diagnosed.

What was thought to be a groin pull actually was found to be a groin tear, which will sideline Anderson for the entire 2004 NFL season. The Broncos will place Anderson on injured reserve, which means that he cannot be recalled to the teams' active roster during the upcoming regular or postseason. 

"He's got two muscles in that groin area and he tore both of them off the bone," head coach Mike Shanahan announced. "Some people have had surgery. The specialist recommends just to let it heal. Right now I'm not sure if the decision's final (as to whether to have surgery), but I don't think surgery will be needed."

"They say he can come back and be 100 percent," Shanahan added. "Obviously, there's always a question mark as a guy gets older, can he recover?"

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